Controversial Durand Education Trust faces ‘misconduct or mismanagement’ inquiry by Charity Commission

The Independent is reporting that a controversial trust set up by a south London academy school is facing an official investigation into whether there has been “misconduct or mismanagement” of its affairs…

The Durand Education Trust (DET), which owns land including a swimming pool and gym where proceeds are used to boost the executive headteacher’s pay to almost £400,000 a year, will be the subject of an inquiry by the Charity Commission.

It is responsible for the land used by its partner, the Durand Academy Trust, which runs a primary school in Stockwell, south London, as well as a boarding school in Sussex…

Unlike DET, the academy trust is exempt from the scope of the Charity Commission. However, announcing the inquiry today, the Commission said: “Among the concerns was a potential lack of separation between the management of the two charities.”

The Commission said the inquiry was opened “in light of recent public interest in the activities of the charity and its relationship with the school and the exempt charity”…

The Durand Academy Trust welcomed the decision to mount the inquiry into its partner trust, saying it was “looking forward to working positively with the Commission to bring clarity and reassure those involved with the school as it continues its pioneering work that has delivered so much for children and the local community in one of the country’s most disadvantaged areas”…

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  1. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove Justifying paying a headteacher £400k per year is a tough task in my view, if not an impossible one. Obscene amount of money

  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove DfE have (they will claim not actively) encouraged thus sort of thing. Ministers/media heralding Super HTs etc: corrosive

  3. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove DfE have (they will claim not actively) encouraged this sort of thing. Ministers/media heralding Super HTs etc: corrosive

  4. andylutwyche

    Mktadvice4schls SchoolsImprove Quite! Few (if any) jobs can justify a salary of that size. It’s appalling in my view

  5. andylutwyche

    MadgeJesss SchoolsImprove It must be one hell of a gym! Gold plated running machines and platinum cross trainers? Farcical behaviour

  6. MadgeJesss

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove And, I am guessing, no personal investment of capital by head… Salaries in leisure mgt tend to be quite low.

  7. andylutwyche

    MadgeJesss SchoolsImprove Quite – there is no way in a sane world that this salary can be justified in any way whatsoever

  8. MadgeJesss

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove Typical full time mgt job, working shifts, 7 days a week for big company like David Lloyd = 25-30k

  9. andylutwyche

    MadgeJesss SchoolsImprove So the wage for looking after the school’s gym was 600(ish)% of a comparable salary. Hmmm…

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