24 March 2010
Former head teacher claims unfair dismissal
The former head teacher at a school in the south-west of England has taken his ex-employer to tribunal, claiming he was the victim of unfair dismissal.
Roger Lock was sacked from his position in charge of Marling School in Stroud - which has a history dating back to 1887 - thisisgloucestershire.co.uk reports.
After 30 years as the head there, he was suspended over allegations of bullying made by staff members.
He was accused of shouting and being aggressive during meetings by one member of staff, who said he left the room due to Mr Lock's behaviour.
During a recent hearing, Mr Lock claimed that Neil Carmichael, who is standing for the Conservative Party in Stroud at the general election, "steamrollered" governors into firing him.
He alleges that the parliamentary hopeful suspended him, conducted an investigation into the claims and appointed the disciplinary panel on his own as chair of governors at the school.
The tribunal remains ongoing.