First male head at leading girls’ school sacked over late-night emails to sixth-form pupil

The Mail is reporting that the male head of a leading all-girls’ grammar school has been sacked after sending a series of private emails to a teenage pupil…

Peter Gale, 47, was dismissed by Nonsuch High School For Girls in Surrey for ‘unprofessional and inappropriate conduct’ two weeks ago.

At the time of the announcement, the school’s governors failed to release any more details.

However, an investigation by this newspaper has discovered that Mr Gale – who became the academy’s first male head when he was appointed to the post 18 months ago – sent informal emails over a period of months to the sixth-form pupil, including messages written at night and during the holidays.

School rules strictly forbid teachers sending messages to pupils from private email accounts.

The Cheam academy has described Mr Gale’s actions a ‘serious breach of safeguarding procedures’. Despite this, the National Union of Teachers appeared to play down the seriousness of his conduct.

In a statement to The Mail on Sunday, the union implied Mr Gale’s actions only amounted to a breach of the school’s information and communications technology rules. The governors – who began their investigation following a tip-off – are said to have been ‘stunned’ by the NUT statement…


Hmmm – no idea if this is just mischief-making from the Mail, but potentially interesting difference of opinion between the governors and the NUT if accurate…


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  1. Nor_edu

    SchoolsImprove not enough info about content of emails – if reminders to revise, quite different to sexually explicit content

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