A HEADTEACHER who suffered heart failure while suspended from a Wirral grammar school has left his post – with a £60,000 pay-off.
Andrew Hall, head of Calday Grange grammar school in West Kirby since 2002, has left under a “joint agreement” with his employers – ending 18 months of uncertainty surrounding his future.
No details have been given of the deal, but the News understands it includes a financial package of about £60,000.
It is not clear if this is in addition to severance pay.
Officials on the school’s trust have demanded a public audit of the cost attached to Mr Hall’s absence since his suspension in October 2009.
He was facing 13 allegations, which ranged from failure to report a foetus in a jar to being part of a bullying regime in the school.
In April 2010, he suffered life-threatening heart failure, which his friends blamed on his continued absence.
Governors lifted his suspension in November, but told Mr Hall he would be “re-suspended” and put before a disciplinary panel when he was well enough to return.
But now both sides have reached an agreement which has seen Mr Hall leave the school with immediate effect.
In an agreed statement, the school and Mr Hall’s representatives, the Association of School and College Leaders, confirmed: “Calday Grange grammar school and Mr Andrew Hall have reached a joint agreement that his employment at the school will come to an end.”
Mr Hall’s absence coincided with the school being stripped of its “outstanding” status by Ofsted officials who told governors to restore “confidence” among parents and staff.