Headteacher who spent £150,000 of struggling school’s money on expenses to retire next year

Stella Mbubaegbu, principal of Highbury College in Portsmouth, is stepping down after ministers said they were “deeply concerned” about her claims. The Telegraph reports

Over the past five years, she spent more than £135,000 on accommodation, travel and food and drink, according to corporate credit card receipts obtained by the magazine FE Week.

Freedom of Information requests revealed that Ms Mbubaegbu, 64, used the school’s money to take first-class flights to stay at five-star hotels around the world and travel in luxury “executive chauffeur” driven cars including a Cadillac.

The revelations earlier this month came after Highbury College announced plans to close its sixth form amid deteriorating finances. 

In an interview with Tes, she said: “I have absolutely no regrets over expenses. All my expenses have been approved through college process. They have been audited.

“Why would I regret anything? My expenses have been duly approved, accounted for and audited.”

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  1. Nicola Jack

    Its shocking that this story (and the headlinee) has been constructed as it has- The Telegraph should know better, and probably does. For a start, Highbury is not a school but an FE College. The Principal will be 65 in 2020 when she retires and has been cleared of wrongdoing.

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