Green Group leader calls on Lambeth Council to publish findings of its investigation into departed primary school head Sir Craig Tunstall

26 October 2018

Co-leader of the Green Party, and Lambeth Green Group Leader, Jonathan Bartley has written to the Leader of Lambeth Council Lib Peck calling on her to publish the findings of the investigation into Craig Tunstall, former Executive Headteacher of the Gipsy Hill Federation.


Tunstall, Britain’s highest paid primary school headteacher, was suspended from his post back in May 2017 amid an investigation by Lambeth Council. Tunstall was paid over £350,000 in his role at the Federation[1].


Parents were informed of Tunstall’s suspension in a letter which reassured them there were no concerns relating to child protection whilst Lambeth Council asserted that the suspension was a “neutral act and is used to protect all parties whilst an investigation continues”[2].


Lambeth parents have been left in the dark for over a year now with no information being provided to them about the events that led to the suspension of Tunstall and no comment on if and when the Council will release the outcome of the investigation.


In July of this year it was confirmed by the Gipsy Hill Federation that Tunstall was no longer employed to work for them. [3]


In the letter to Cllr Peck, Cllr Jonathan Bartley wrote:


The refusal of Lambeth Council to provide any further details to the investigation so far has undoubtedly added to the fears of residents who have a right to know what conclusions have been drawn from this regrettable situation. The Council must make it its priority to be accountable and open with the residents of Lambeth.  I urge you to publish the findings of this investigation as soon as possible.” [4]

Lambeth Council have so far declined to comment on the outcome of the investigation stating that:


“For legal reasons Lambeth council and the Gipsy Hill Federation will not be giving any further details about this at this time.”[5]


You can read the full text of the letter here.


[1] https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/may/10/uks-best-paid-primary-headteacher-craig-tunstall-suspended-amid-inquiry



[2] https://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/may/10/uks-best-paid-primary-headteacher-craig-tunstall-suspended-amid-inquiry


[3]https://newsfromcrystalpalace.wordpress.com/2018/07/13/official-craig-tunstall-goes/


[4] Open letter from Cllr Jonathan Bartley, Leader of the Opposition, to Cllr Lib Peck, Leader of the Council


[5] https://schoolsweek.co.uk/lambeth-council-remains-tight-lipped-over-tunstall-investigation/

 
 
 
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