Superhead Dame Mo Brennan spared ban

A superhead and her two teaching colleagues found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct after altering attendance records at a Dudley school will not be banned from the classroom.

Dame Mo Brennan was honoured by the Queen for turning around the fortunes of Hillcrest School and Community College, in Netherton alongside senior teachers Shelley Derham and Linda Westwood.

But a disciplinary tribunal ruled they had acted dishonestly when they changed pupil attendance records.

Despite the “serious” nature of their behaviour, The Teaching Agency disciplinary panel ruled a teaching ban was not necessary.

And today it was revealed this recommendation had been agreed by education secretary Michael Gove. No further action will be taken.

Teaching Agency deputy director Alan Meyrick said in the report: “The panel is conscious this public hearing has resulted in a finding of unacceptable professional conduct. This is a significant finding and, in the panel’s view, satisfies the need to publicly declare and uphold proper standards of conduct.

“However, it is not necessary, in the public interest, to impose a prohibition order.”

The panel said it was satisfied the actions of the trio “were motivated by both a desire to act in the best interests of pupils.”

Mr Meyrick added: “We would go further and say that, in the light of the exceptional achievements of Dame Maureen Brennan, there is a public interest in her being able to continue her inspirational leadership as a headteacher.”

The three teachers now work at Barr Beacon School in Aldridge which has given its backing to the three.