Chair of governors at Educating Greater Manchester school speaks out over suspension of headteacher Drew Povey

The Manchester Evening News revealed on Friday that Mr Povey and three other members of staff had been sent home on Thursday last week from Harrop Fold High School in Little Hulton.

Mr Povey, 40, has been at the school for twelve years and became one of the stars of Channel 4’s Educating Greater Manchester. He has called his suspension “unfair” and vowed to clear his name.

It is understood that the suspensions follow an internal investigation by the council into record-keeping at the school which has been going on for several months.

In a letter to parents, chair of governors, Anne Boyson, says: “At this current time Executive Head, Drew Povey, along with three other staff are absent from the school. We appreciate that staff, parents, and pupils, may have concerns for their absence and we will update you as soon as we can.”

Parents plan to mount a protest at the school on Thursday and one of them has launched an online petition calling for the head to be reinstated. Within hours of it being launched, it had been signed by more than 500 people.

When Mr Povey took over the school, it was £2.5m in debt. His charisma and leadership qualities he became the unexpected star of the Channel 4 fly-on-the-wall documentary about his school.

His efforts were rewarded in 2013 when the school, previously branded one of the worst in the city, was graded ‘good’ by Ofsted.

He tweeted on Thursday: “Pressure is something we all have to encounter. Face it head on, do not allow it to phase you, keep strong, do the right thing and keep on going. Forwards not backwards is your destination. #HandlePressure #BeSuccessful.”

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