The Mail is reporting that a London primary school head teacher is being paid more than £200,000 a year…
Isabel Ramsay is paid more than her boss, the chief executive of Sutton Council and is one of the highest paid headteachers in Britain.
Her school, Bandon Hill Primary, said she is paid so much because she is executive head teacher and does work throughout London with other schools.
But union workers have said they do not believe Mrs Ramsay should be paid so much more than other teachers and she should be focusing on her school rather than working at others.
Mrs Ramsay’s income was revealed after Sutton council published its core financial statement this year. This revealed she is paid £190,898 in salary, fees and allowances with a further £14,178 in employer’s pension contribution, bringing the total to £205,076…
Mrs Ramsey’s salary is determined by the governors at the school, not Sutton Council or the Department of Education.
When Sutton Council asked the school to explain Mrs Ramsey’s high income they said it covered her work at Bandon Hill as well as that supporting other schools across the country.
Bandon Hill Primary School, in Wallington, south west London, is made up of two primary schools and Oak Field, a specialist autistic unit. Each of the three schools have their own headteacher…
Mrs Ramsay’s salary increased from £172,218 last year, making her one of the highest paid headteachers in the country.
In 2010 it was revealed that Mark Elms, 57, of Tidemill Primary School in Lewisham, south-east London, received £248,100.
His salary which was due in part to his work on the London Challenge programme, was described as ‘extraordinary’ and ‘exorbitant’at the time.
And in May of this year Sir Greg Martin, executive head of Durand Academy in south London, saw his salary and pension increase to a total of £229,138.
He was knighted in last year’s birthday honours.
Ric Adams, chairman of Bandon Hill Primary School’s governors, said: ‘The salary level of all staff in Bandon Hill, including the executive head teacher, is determined by the school’s governing body.
‘The salary figure currently being attributed to the executive head teacher is not an accurate reflection of the actual salary paid by Bandon Hill Primary School.
‘Bandon Hill is a designated national support school and the executive head teacher is a national leader of education.
‘Therefore the remuneration level quoted includes both pension contributions as per requirements and also reflects the work which the executive head teacher and the school do in supporting a number of other schools in several local authorities across the country.’
A spokesman for Sutton Council said neither they or the Department of Education had been approached by the school’s governors about Mrs Ramsey’s level of remuneration…
Presumably what the school is getting at here is that they hire out Mrs Ramsay as a consultant as then pay her a proportion of the income as part of her salary? Would that make sense and is it reasonable? Please let us know in the comments or via Twitter…
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