Third highest-paid state school head takes home £165,266

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By Exmouth People | Monday, October 04, 2010, 11:00

THE man in charge of Exmouth Community College is the third highest-paid head of a state school, new figures reveal.

Tony Alexander took home £165,266 last year, before pension contributions, the report by Education Data Surveys said.

Only two heads received larger pay packets. Mark Elms, of Tidemill School, in Deptford, London, and Jacqui Valin, of Southfields Community College, Wandsworth, took home £231,000 and £198,496 respectively.

The report reveals that more than 500 heads of state schools were paid six-figure salaries last year.

A further 400 heads at schools maintained by local education authorities were paid over £100,000.

The findings have led for calls for head teachers’ pay to be reduced.

Professor John Howson, who led the research, said there was “no control over the top end of the teachers’ pay scale”.

John Fairhurst, president of the Association of School and College Leaders, has said some heads may be forced to cut their own pay packets when public sector spending cuts begin to bite.

Earlier this year Education Secretary Michael Gove unveiled plans to limit heads’ pay to David Cameron’s £142,500 salary.

Councillor Vanessa Newcombe, who chairs the children and young person’s scrutiny committee for Devon County Council, said the matter was entirely one for the school’s governing body.

She pointed out that Exmouth Community College was believed to be the largest school in Europe and its management was akin to running a large business.

Neither Mr Alexander or the school’s chair of governors was available for comment.

      

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