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Suspended St Olave’s Grammar head Aydin Önaç resigns ‘for personal reasons’

PUBLISHED: 17:09 20 November 2017 | UPDATED: 17:20 20 November 2017

St Olave's Grammar School

St Olave's Grammar School

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The Orpington grammar school is currently subject to a council investigation

The suspended headmaster of St Olave’s Grammar School has resigned “for personal reasons” in the midst of an investigation in to the school.

Aydin Önaç has been under pressure since August, when parents of sixth form students threatened legal action when the school threatened to withdraw pupils from their A-levels due to their AS results.

The former headmaster, who joined St Olave’s in 2010, is the second head to roll at the highly-selective Orpington school after former chair of governors reverend Peter Galloway stepped down in September, insisting his departure was “not related” to concerns raised.

Revd Galloway added: “[The] situation has helped me to see that the role of chair requires far more time and attention than I am presently able to give.”

In the wake of August’s legal challenge, which was later dropped when the school allowed students to return for their final year, Bromley council has organised an independent investigation into the all boys’ school, which has a mixed sixth form.

The start of the investigation saw Mr Önaç suspended from his post in October.

Following his resignation on Friday, Dr Paul Wright, current chair of governors, said: “The headmaster will, for personal reasons, be departing from St Olave’s Grammar School at Christmas.

“He leaves, with great sadness, a school which is now regarded as one of the nation’s most outstanding schools and one in which parents and pupils can have great pride and confidence. Mr Önaç would like to thank all those governors, staff, parents and students who have supported him over the last seven years and extends his very best wishes to them for the future.”

In the wake of concerns surrounding the school, St Olave’s Unofficial, a pressure group of former and current teachers, students, governors and parents, was created amongst the growing pressure the school has found itself under.

A spokesperson from the group told the Bromley Times: “We welcome the news regarding Mr Önaç’s resignation and look forward to the findings of the investigation into the school, which is still underway.”

Bromley council has said its investigation will look into all concerns raised surrounding the running of St Olave’s.

Andrew Rees remains the school’s acting headmaster.

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