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  • "I agree with the comments made by the two Overton Grange Students. All the pupils who have read these horrible comments must be mortified. I don't think they need to worry, normal objective people do not make their minds up about others, without even knowing them!!!
    Furthermore insulting the students has nothing to do with this article or this blog!!!!!

    With regards to the alleged £150K "Golden Goodbye," received by Stephen Foxwell. Why has nobody come forward and told us the reason he was paid this money?????? As Councillor Pickles tells us in his newsletter "The head of the school governors is quoted as saying "no comment" to the payout as is the head of education on the council." I believe he talked about salaries and confidentiality! Was this payout really part of Mr Foxwell's salary????

    In the UKIP Belmont News letter, delivered today. It makes a good point. "This payout is an insult to my constituents who not only have contributed via their council tax, but who have also contribued directly to the school fund." The big question is, if part of this fund was contributed by the parents, does the council, or even the governors have the right to give it away without first consulting the people who gave it to them????? I don't suppose many parents would have given money, if they thought it was going to be given in the form of a "Golden Goodbye" to Mr Foxwell. I'm sure most of them gave it to the school to benefit the children!!!!

    However, if they the parents, or even the pupils had been asked directly for donations towards Mr Foxwell's "Golden Goodbye" I wonder how many people would have voluntarily donated their money????? I know I would have!!!!"
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Investigation into Sutton school head's '£150k golden goodbye'

Investigation into Sutton school head's '£150k golden goodbye'

Investigation into Sutton school head's '£150k golden goodbye'

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A secret payoff to a departing headteacher is being investigated by a Government watchdog.

The district auditor has refused to sign-off last year’s Sutton Council accounts after a complaint from a member of the public about the “golden goodbye” given to Overton Grange School’s headteacher when he quit.

Former headteacher Stephen Foxwell is understood to have received more than £150,000 when he resigned at the end of 2008.

An Audit Commission spokes-man said: “The district auditor has received an objection and can’t issue a certificate to Sutton Council for its 2008-09 accounts until this has been considered.”

Chairman of Sutton Council’s audit committee Tim Crowley said the accounts had not been signed off because an elector had made an objection, but refused to divulge the details.

He said: “The Audit Commission is looking into this – if it says something is wrong I will launch an investigation.”

The investigation came to light at Monday’s full council meeting, when Conservative candidate for Wallington North Jason Hughes asked why the Audit Commission had been unable to issue a certificate for Sutton Council’s accounts, but councillors were unable to give a full explanation.

Mr Hughes said after the meeting: “I understand the reason the Audit Commission will not issue a certificate for Sutton Council’s accounts is because of a scenario in Overton Grange School, which has lead to a massive drain on the school’s general fund.”

Since Overton Grange opened in 1997 it has had five headteachers, including two who only stayed at the school for one year.

Mr Foxwell is now headteacher at the British School of Houston in America.

Strategic director of young people and learning services Ian Birnbaum said: “The former headteacher resigned and left at the end of 2008, and the new headteacher started at the school in September 2009.

“I cannot comment on specific monetary matters to do with the pay and allowances for individual staff as that is confidential.”

A council spokeswoman said she expected the accounts to be signed off in April.

Chairman of governors at Overton Grange School Brenda Morley said Stephen Foxwell had resigned from his post, however, she refused to comment on his £150,000 pay-off.

Overton Grange School’s current headteacher Peter Butterworth said he did not want to add anything to the Sutton Council statement.

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