A primary school teacher with no experience of working with teenagers has been named as the headmaster of the first free secondary school in Essex — despite being behind the school’s proposal and sitting on the selection panel.

Andy Scott-Evans, who originally tabled the plan for the Christian free school in March last year, will oversee a first-year intake of around 150 11-year-olds when Becket Keys School opens in Brentwood in September.

During the selection panel’s unbiased and arduous quest to find an “outstanding” candidate, they rejected the six initially shortlisted candidates:

“After lengthy consideration it was decided that although we are confident that some, if not all, of the candidates we met will progress to headship in due course, none of them matched all of our requirements.”

The subsequent conclusion that one of the the interviewing panel — Mr. Scott-Evans — should lead the school has not pleased everyone, with the president of the Association of School and College Leaders slamming the move:

“Running a secondary school and a primary school are very different things. Becket Keys does not exist as a school at the moment. All it is is a PR machine.”

Funded directly by the Government, Mr Scott-Evans would earn up to £105,000 a year under current teacher pay scales, but with free schools unconstrained by such shackles, it is anyone’s guess as to what the headteacher’s agreed salary will be.

It seems that “The Only Way In Essex” is to appoint yourself headmaster.

  1. If it’s just a “pr machine”, why get upset about who is the nominee head teacher?

    Unless being the nominee head teacher is a serious issue and the school isn’t just a “pr machine”?

    Can’t have it both ways.

  2. With proposals to remove the need to have the PQH (Professional Qualification for Headship) as a requirement for heads and the proposal to end the QTS (Qualified Teacher ? ) for teachers then academies could hire anyone to ‘teach’ / lead in a school !

  3. Cahal: Maybe that’s wee Govey’s answer to the unemployment problem too. There’s 3 million out there needing jobs. They can all be teachers or heads.

  4. Good for Mr Scott Evans. He has had the vision to take this project to fruition. I am sure the school will be outstanding.

  5. Fantastic. Appoint yourself headteacher. Love it. Presumably there’s a nice salary hike too….

    Funded directly by the Government, Mr Scott-Evans would earn up to £105,000 a year under current teacher pay scales, but with free schools unconstrained by such shackles, it is anyone’s guess as to what the headteacher’s agreed salary will be.

    What a wheeze. Hats off to Mr Scott-Evans for his chutzpah. You couldn’t make it up.

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