The Report Recommendation #48

One of the many recommendations of the report into events at St Olave’s during the tenure of former Headmaster Aydin Önaç was the following:

48. That in the interests of restoring harmony in the school community and focusing on the future the organisers of the St Olave’s Unofficial website are asked to close it down.

We understand the school would like to have this site taken offline in order for the recommendation to be satisfied,  however at present there are still actions ongoing against some of the individuals involved with the events that were detailed in the report.

One of these actions is the referral of former Headmaster Aydin Önaç to the Teaching Regulation Agency who are conducting their own investigation into events, to determine if there is a case to prohibit Mr Önaç from the profession for “reasons of unacceptable professional conduct, conduct that may bring the profession into disrepute or conviction, at any time, of a relevant offence.”

It should be noted that the TRA referral was made not by the school or the Governing Body, but by a member of the public. The school said a referral was “considered, but due to a lack of evidence was not felt appropriate”.  It would appear that the Teaching Regulation Agency did not agree with the school, and that the comprehensive 149 page report into events contained sufficient evidence to warrant their own enquiry.

We expect to hear more regarding this action in the new year.

In the meantime we have reviewed the site content and removed the more contentious and divisive articles, if anyone has suggestions of other articles that should be edited or removed then please contact us.


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More Newspapers Finally Catch Up With The Guardian

A number of other national newspapers have now published articles regarding the St Olave’s investigation report in their online and print editions.

Links to the articles are below:

The Sunday Mail: Shamed £200,000-a-year superhead who kicked students out if they failed to achieve three Bs at AS Level drove pupils to the brink of suicide after turning school into an ‘exam factory’

The Telegraph: Grammar school superhead left students feeling suicidal with policy of exclusion for getting B grades

The Sun: MR RUTHLESS St Olave’s superhead on £200k a year drove pupils to brink of suicide by turning school into an ‘exam factory’

BBC on St Olaves’s Report: Government ‘complicit in school’s illegal exclusion policy’

As mentioned in our previous article the BBC have been asking why no further action has been taken against those found guilty of wrongdoing in the investigation report. The link to the BBC article is below:

Government ‘complicit in school’s illegal exclusion policy’

The standout paragraphs in the article must surely be:

Official guidance states employers, in this case St Olave’s school, have a “statutory duty to consider referral of cases involving serious professional misconduct to the TRA”, even when a teacher has resigned before they could have been dismissed.

The school said a referral was “considered, but due to a lack of evidence was not felt appropriate”.

We suspect that a certain recently released 150 page report might contain more than enough evidence to see Mr Önaç permanently banned from the teaching profession.

Only time will tell if the Teacher Regulation Agency agree, we understand it could be another six months before we know for certain.

Will Justice be Served?

Justice

We’ve had a number of enquiries as to whether the former St Olave’s Headmaster Mr Aydin Önaç & the former Business Development Manager Mr Alan Wooley will face any further action for the unlawful and immoral behaviour detailed in the independent report into events at St Olave’s.

As it would appear that the likes of the Department for Education, Ofsted, London Borough of Bromley etc seem unwilling to do anything about the wrongdoing that was documented at great length in the report, some individuals have taken steps that might lead to further action against those identified of wrongdoing in the report. It may take some months for these actions to bear fruit, but we’ll provide more information as soon as we are able to do so.

We understand BBC reporters are looking into why there has been no further action from the authorities to hold certain individuals to account, and a report regarding this may appear on the BBC News website over the weekend.

The Investigation Report Summary Part V: The Year 12 Exclusions & Case Studies

The comprehensive 150 page report into events at St Olave’s under the leadership of former Head Aydin Önaç is a compelling read. We strongly encourage all interested parties to read the report in it’s entirety.

In this article we provide excerpts giving more detail on the unlawful Year 12 exclusions policy including how it came about, how it was misused by Aydin Önaç, and some truly harrowing case studies of how it was mercilessly implemented by the former Headmaster.

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The Investigation Report Summary Part IV: Inside the Mind of Aydin Önaç & Concluding Comments

The comprehensive 150 page report into events at St Olave’s under the leadership of former Head Aydin Önaç is a compelling read. We strongly encourage all interested parties to read the report in it’s entirety.

In this series of articles we will provide extracts from the report to summarise the main points. We take great pride in the fact that the report fully vindicates the issues raised in articles on this site over the past 9 months.

The Head’s response

The Head’s responses on specific events (made after he left the school in the autumn term of 2017) have been included in the previous sections. His overall position to which he frequently referred when answering specific questions is summarised as: Continue reading

The Investigation Report Summary Part III: Emotional Abuse, Bullying & the Unchristian Ethos of the School

The comprehensive 150 page report into events at St Olave’s under the leadership of former Head Aydin Önaç is a compelling read. We strongly encourage all interested parties to read the report in it’s entirety.

In this series of articles we will provide extracts from the report to summarise the main points. We take great pride in the fact that the report fully vindicates the issues raised in articles on this site over the past 9 months.

Emotional Abuse of Students

Issues of wellbeing, mental health and emotional abuse have been raised during the investigation in two main respects. Firstly the general point that the constant emphasis on and defining success by A* and A grades and progressing to Oxbridge to do medicine can have an adverse effect on children who either are not on course for or achieving all A*s and As and/or who do not have an ambition to go to Oxbridge and do medicine, but who might for example aspire to do an engineering degree.

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