10 August 2009
Sacked head teacher takes action over alleged unfair dismissal
A head teacher who was sacked from her role in 2007 is accusing her employers of unfair dismissal.
Diane Hill was in charge of Devonport High School for Girls when Plymouth city council, which is led by 57 councillors, intervened to classify the school as a "cause for concern", local newspaper the Herald reports,
Two new governors were appointed by the local authority, one of whom subsequently became chair and suspended Ms Hill pending an investigation.
She was later sacked for "unacceptable behaviour" and a breakdown of relations between staff and governors.
Her terms of employment ran out last December, but she had not returned to the school since her suspension.
The former head took legal action against the council, accusing it of unfair dismissal.
Recently, she won the first step of her case and can now mount a full judicial review challenge. A date for the hearing has not yet been set.