08 February 2013
Ex-headteacher seeking unfair dismissal compensation
A former headteacher is seeking compensation on the grounds of unfair dismissal and breach of contract after he was sacked from his position at an all-girls school.
Bernie Routledge left his role at Howell's School in Denbigh in October 2011 amid allegations of misconduct after he was initially suspended six months previously due to accusations that he had engaged with pupils on a social networking website.
However, Mr Routledge claimed his firing was unjust and, during an employment tribunal held at Wrexham Magistrates' Court, it has been ruled that his dismissal was "procedurally unfair".
Robert Locke, the trustee of the school who sacked Mr Routledge, admitted that the professional had not been permitted an appeal after he left the school.
The headteacher was sacked because he made a number of comments on a Facebook page set up by former pupils of one of Mr Routledge's ex-schools that Mr Locke alleged were "dreadful".
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Posted by Francesca Witney