The pinnacle of a grammar college on the centre of a row about pupils being compelled to depart earlier than their A-levels has resigned.
Aydin Önaç, headmaster of St Olave’s Grammar College in Orpington, south-east London, will go away his put up at Christmas, a letter to folks stated.
Mr Önaç was suspended by the varsity’s governing physique final month.
Dad and mom started authorized motion over the A-level exclusions however the college later backed down and let the pupils return.
St Olave’s is certainly one of England’s top-performing grammar colleges, with pupils chosen on educational means.
In September, a gaggle of sixth-formers who didn’t get excessive sufficient grades at AS-level have been informed they’d not be allowed to return to do their A-levels.
Within the letter to folks, despatched late on Friday afternoon, appearing head Andrew Rees stated the headmaster was departing for “private causes”.
“He leaves, with nice disappointment, a college which is now thought to be one of many nation’s most excellent colleges and one wherein dad and mom and pupils can have nice delight and confidence.
“Mr Önaç wish to thank all these governors, workers, dad and mom and college students who’ve supported him over the past seven years and extends his best needs to them for the long run.”
Mother or father Andrew Gebbett, who has two sons on the college, expressed aid at Mr Önaç’s choice to depart.
“The varsity can now transfer on,” he stated.
Debbie Hills, chair of the varsity’s dad and mom’ affiliation, who remained in put up regardless of her son deciding to depart after being amongst these excluded, described the resignation as “a primary step to it being put proper”.
“It has been a protracted battle.”
The dad and mom’ affiliation first sought Mr Önaç’s resignation at a gathering in September.
One other mum or dad in the same place stated: “There will probably be lots of people who will probably be breaking open bottles of champagne tonight.”
The mum or dad, who requested to not be named, stated it was applicable that the varsity’s motto was “‘to proper the fallacious’ – and that is what’s been executed”.
Tony Wright-Jones, a mum or dad and former governor of the varsity, stated: “We wish to know as dad and mom and governors what precisely went on”.
This 12 months’s A-level outcomes at St Olave’s noticed 75% of all grades being awarded at A* or A and 96% have been at A* to B grades, far above the nationwide common.