Former head of Five Islands School: I'll take Isles of Scilly council to court
The former headteacher of the Scilly Isles' only school says he is to take his former employers to court accusing them of harassment.
Bryce Wilby was suspended from his post in May last year over alleged financial irregularities. He subsequently resigned and moved away from the islands with his family.
However, Mr Wilby has now signalled that he is to take the Council of the Isles of Scilly to court. In a statement issued to the Western Morning News, Mr Wilby confirmed that he had lodged a formal complaint against the Scillonian council concerning how an audit investigation compiled in the wake of his suspension was conducted.
The complaint forced the council to suspend plans at the last minute which would have seen a redacted version of the report released to the media.
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Mr Wilby said the proposed news conference was "inappropriate."
He added: "I was very concerned when I heard that the Isles of Scilly Council intended to issue a press statement about the report and indeed to release details of the contents of the report.
"The report is confidential and cannot be discussed in a public forum and to do so will mean the Isles of Scilly Council has breached more statutory guidance – which will of course lend weight to my forthcoming court case for harassment."
The former head teacher, who it emerged had been the subject of a vote of no confidence by 59% of his staff, said he was prepared to take more action.
"The complaint regarding the processes followed by the audit team and the processes followed by the Isles of Scilly council is the first action I have initiated. There will be significant civil action to follow in the near future."
The Council of the Isles of Scilly declined to comment.