It is not often my old school Quintin Kynaston (QK) is in the news, unfortunately in this instance for the wrong reasons with financial irregularities hanging over the headteacher’s head, Jo Shuter. These irregularities were outlined in full in the Department of Education investigative Report into QK Academy as it’s known now. It does not make for pleasant reading at all for her but more importantly for the governers having to manage this mess and the pupils who are losing out.
As this saga continues it appears the school has become the Jo Shuter show when it should really be all about just QK & its pupils.
She clearly doesn’t have much of a clue as the chief financial accounting officer having mixed her personal finances with that of the school in such a way as to doubt her motives. She earned between £170,000-175,000 in 2012 ( thats alot more then the Mayor ) according to the annual accounts of QK, yet astonishly saw fit to pass almost £7,000 spent on her celebration of her 50th birthday party through the school and then only to repay then a year later!
Moreover the new structures in academies put more emphasis on financial skills then the actual teaching itself, as the schools become considered as much a business unit as places of learning.
So l am left to conclude that the Jo Shuter show continues at QK, increasingly at the expense of school and its pupils.