29 December 2011
London-based headteacher wins unfair dismissal case
A headteacher has won her case of unfair dismissal against Haringey Council.
Dr June Alexis took the local authority to an employment tribunal after she claimed her sacking from John Loughborough School came after a period of bullying, the London Evening Standard reports.
The reason initially stated was that performance levels at the facility had fallen in the three-year period from 2005 that Dr Alexis had been in charge.
However, the council has lost an appeal and the original decision has been upheld.
Of Sharon Shoesmith, the council chief at the time, Dr Alexis said: "She was so abusive, her behaviour towards me was awful. They have ruined my career and reputation."
A spokesman for the organisation - which is no longer headed up by Ms Shoesmith - said the findings have been accepted and it now wants to focus on the "wellbeing" of those attending.
One of 33 London boroughs, Haringey Council has a population of 225,000.
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