'Sacked' Scillies head ready to take legal action
The head teacher of the only school on the Isles of Scilly is to take legal action after claiming he was effectively sacked from his post.
Bryce Wilby resigned shortly after a being suspended from his post at the Five Islands School in May.
His leadership and allegations of financial irregularities have since been under investigation.
However in the latest twist to the saga, Mr Wilby said that apparent confusion over his leaving date and notice period led to him not being paid this month.
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As a result, he said the Isles of Scilly Council had essentially dismissed him and he was now taking legal action.
In a statement, Mr Wilby said he was aware that councillors were confused regarding his leaving date.
"However, there is no confusion from a legal point of view and the statutory guidance can be looked up on the Department for Education website," he said.
"Since I resigned my post on July 1, under statutory regulations I am required to serve notice that would take me to December 31.
"I did offer to leave early – on August 31 – and laid out some simple terms and conditions for this offer.
"This offer was rejected in writing by a local authority officer on behalf of the governors, the LA and the councillors and as such I have to serve out my notice period."
Mr Wilby said that since no disciplinary proceedings have yet been issued: "I should remain employed until the end of that notice period.
"However, by not paying me this month as per my contract the local authority have in effect dismissed me and as such I can confirm that I will be taking appropriate legal action to remedy the situation."
The council was asked to comment on the matter, but did not responded.