HC Deb 07 November 1911 vol 30 c1472

asked the President of the Board of Education whether he is aware that in the scheme for Haverfordwest Grammar School no provision is made by which an assistant master under notice to leave can appeal to or appear before the governors, his employers; whether he is aware that the head master, who is generally of the same or similar educational antecedents, has that right, while it is denied to his assistants; and, if so, whether he proposes to take any action in the matter?


The provisions contained in the scheme for Haverfordwest Grammar School are the common form provisions inserted in practically every scheme now made by the Board of Education for a secondary school under the Endowed Schools or Charitable Trusts Acts. So far as dismissal upon notice is concerned, those provisions do not give any right of appeal to the governors in the case either of the head master or the assistant master. My hon. Friend, however, probably refers to the provisions relating to dismissal without notice. An assistant master can only be dismissed without notice after the governors have given their approval to the dismissal, and the Board, after very careful consideration of the question, are unwilling to give any right of appeal to the governors in this matter. This decision is not based upon grounds relating to the educational antecedents of the assistant master, but upon a general view of the proper organisation of a secondary school. I will be glad to supply my hon. Friend with a copy of the scheme if he so desires.