Former CEO at centre of tax investigation was allowed to remain as head teacher

Former CEO at centre of tax investigation was allowed to remain as head teacher

A former academy trust CEO, who stood down after an investigation into his tax affairs, was allowed to continue as head teacher at one of its schools, it has been revealed.

Paul Murphy, who headed the Education for the 21st Century (E21C) Trust was investigated for non-payment of tax and national insurance totalling more than £145,000.

The trust runs eight schools in Kent and Bromley, including a free school and a post-16 sports academy.

Murphy resigned from his position as CEO after he was investigated for not paying tax on money paid for his CEO-related duties, through his personal service company.

However, after it emerged that he had been kept on as head teacher at one of the trust’s biggest schools – Ravensbourne School in Bromley – local MP, Robert Neill, demanded a meeting with Education Secretary, Damian Hind, calling for an urgent investigation.

Mr Neill said: “We have excellent academy schools in Bromley but we have been badly let down by the failings unveiled by the Education and Skills Funding Agency in the Education for the 21st Century trust.”

He requested a meeting with Damian Hind, to asked education secretary to meet him to examine the “extraordinary circumstance where the chief executive who presided and profited from these failures has been allowed to remain in post as head teacher of one of the largest schools”.

Mr Hinds agreed to meet with Mr Neill. However, following the public revelation, the E21C Trust has since taken action. A statement released by the trustees confirmed that, in addition to Paul Murphy resigning as CEO, he had now been suspended as head of The Ravensbourne School pending a disciplinary hearing.

Former CEO at centre of tax investigation was allowed to remain as head teacher

Former CEO at centre of tax investigation was allowed to remain as head teacher
Former CEO at centre of tax investigation was allowed to remain as head teacher

Former CEO at centre of tax investigation was allowed to remain as head teacher