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£35k in compensation paid out by Lymm High School
6:00am Friday 18th October 2013 in News
LYMM High School was forced to pay £35,000 in compensation after two claims were submitted to the employment tribunal service.
In the past five years, one member of staff from the academy school was awarded a payout of £30,000 for unfair dismissal with another handed compensation amounting to £5,000 for unknown reasons.
All claims submitted to the employment tribunal service are linked to unfair dismissal, redundancy payments or discrimination.
Nine non-disclosure agreement, which are more commonly referred to as gagging orders, were also signed by former members of staff from the school since 2009, with one being signed in 2013.
It remains unclear whether seven of the cases, which involved non-disclosure agreements, included a compensation payout.
The school on Oughtrington Lane became the subject of a number of criticisms at the end of the academic year 2012 to 2013 after concerned parents slammed the school over its high turnover of staff and ‘petty’ rules.
Angela Walsh, who had been principal at the school since 2008, was suspended on Thursday, June 20, following a flood of complaints.
The head teacher, who was paid a salary between £125,000 to £129,999, is currently under investigation following the suspension.
The school, which converted into an academy in October 2012, is now under the leadership of Tarun Kapur CBE, who took on the role of executive principal at the start of the academic term.
Kieran Walshe, chair of governors at the academy, said the school is now moving in the right direction and has kicked off the new academic year with a positive start.
Mr Walshe said: “The feeback we have had from parents, teachers and most importantly the students has all been positive.
“The school year has started well and the students have settled in.”
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