Bandon Hill Primary school headteacher being paid £205,000 a year

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…

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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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Comments

  1. stwynn

    SchoolsImprove Presumably what the school is getting at is that they hire her out as a consultant then pay her a % as part of her salary?

  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove These stories are depressing and the salaries utterly demoralising for those of us still in the classroom. Unjustifiable

  3. SerenCollins

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove Mark Elms in story also made £Ks in 2012 for his ed consult comp in Reach2 where he’s director. Acad freedoms

  4. kitandrew1

    miconm ha! I’ll be stunned if I get even a 1 point rise from my Governors…despite Grade 1 ofsted, grade 1Diocese insp & record data

  5. miconm

    kitandrew1 the salary policy should make clear when above 1 point can be paid. £205k must be an academy. And it seems excessive

  6. kitandrew1

    miconm it included pension top up, executive HT + NLE etc…Also has heads of school…wage bill must be over 80% of budget surely.

  7. miconm

    kitandrew1 even so. I need to look closely but a person can *only* be employed whole time in 1 job. NLE £ should come to the school!

  8. kitandrew1

    miconm like you say…hard to see from base figures. Already agreed my wage for inspections will go to school, should be standard, however.

  9. miconm

    kitandrew1 if you are out from your whole time job to inspect any income coming in should go to employer. It’s seems obvious

  10. kitandrew1

    miconm indeed, but I wonder if that is always held to? Or if it’s seen as a perk/bonus by some? On different note Laguvallin tonightU0001f601

  11. miconm

    RachelWittson kitandrew1 in that case LA should look closely & ask if de-delegation of budget appropriate. Or are they in cahoots?

  12. miconm

    kitandrew1 love languvulin! I think the entrepreneurial head was fashionable pre austerity as there was so much funding sloshing in schools

  13. miconm

    kitandrew1 my opinion was always as it is now. Salaries need to be proportionate & mindful that we are public sector.

  14. waterside09

    SchoolsImprove perhaps this head should try running the country as clearly someone thinks they are more capable!

  15. Trundling17

    SchoolsImprove Do hate that old DM chestnut of comparing high public salaries toPM’s tho Sm politicians claim 4 underpants and paperclips.

  16. colinsmartone

    waterside09 SchoolsImprove Back in the 1960’s the head chaired the local Labour Party executive and the Vice head was secretary

  17. colinsmartone

    waterside09 SchoolsImprove I was also a junior member of the executive and learned from them the basic of local government

  18. PaulGarvey4

    SchoolsImprove And she may be doing a brilliant job and worth it. Great that a teacher could be worth this. All are worth more.

  19. Trundling17

    PaulGarvey4 SchoolsImprove Mixed feelings on this. From distant past exp think she IS great (4 chn AND staff) BUT don’t like widening gap

  20. PaulGarvey4

    Trundling17 SchoolsImprove It’s the aspirational aspect. A trainee teacher looking at industry, vs Ed can dream. Also talented SLT/HTs.

  21. Trundling17

    SchoolsImprove Some in community seem to be getting cross about this, as two local theatres are being closed due to lack of funding.

  22. waterside09

    colinsmartone SchoolsImprove nepotism is rife within the political system. Transparency us as unpopular as Ebola & less likely to happen

  23. Janet2

    @PaulGarvey4 SchoolsImprove She’s probably not doing much actual teaching.  And it’s the teachers in the classroom who educate children.  So how much are they paid at Bandon?  An average gross salary if they’re full-time of £37k pa.

  24. Janet2

    @PaulGarvey4 Trundling17 SchoolsImprove And how many trainee teachers will actually make it to become executive principals?  Very few.  People don’t go into teaching to become rich – it’s a vocation.  And teachers at the chalk face who actually do the teaching might be rather disgruntled when they read about executive principals earning such eye-watering salaries especially when those principals will be responsible for deciding their performance-related pay.

  25. Janet2

    @PaulGarvey4 Trundling17 SchoolsImprove And how many trainee teachers will actually make it to become executive principals?  Very few.  People don’t go into teaching to become rich – it’s a vocation.  And teachers at the chalk face who actually do the teaching might be rather disgruntled when they read about executive principals earning such eye-watering salaries especially when those principals will be responsible for deciding their performance-related pay.

  26. Janet2

    @PaulGarvey4 Trundling17 SchoolsImprove And how many trainee teachers will actually make it to become executive principals?  Very few.  People don’t go into teaching to become rich – it’s a vocation.  And teachers at the chalk face who actually do the teaching might be rather disgruntled when they read about executive principals earning such eye-watering salaries especially when those principals will be responsible for deciding their performance-related pay.

  27. fiona_peters1

    SchoolsImprove Would pay for about 16 full-time TAs by the way, not that TAs matter of course … #bottomofheap

  28. Littlefishleaks

    Another undeserved payment , still makes you wonder Unlike Mark Elms who employed best friend Joseph Murray later convicted on child pornography charges, still I reckon Mark Elms buries this in every conversation as do the Governing board who put them together

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