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Sir Greg Martin (left) watches as former deputy PM Nick Clegg and former education secretay Michael Gove talk to Durand Academy pupils. Photo via Flickr

Durand Academy head steps down

Highest-earning school leader in country retires from academy but remains a governor

Posted by Stephanie Broad | August 27, 2015 | People, policy, politics

Sir Greg Martin, head of Durand Academy and widely regarded as the best-paid head in the country, has announced his decision to retire from the school. 

Sir Greg made headlines for high earnings as head of the academy and for his leisure business, which managed the school’s public facilities. MPs found that in 2013, Sir Greg earned over £229,000 in basic salary and £161,000 through GMG, the separate leisure management business.

Durand Academy, in London, comprises of early years care, a junior school and senior school, now offering boarding school for senior school pupils in West Sussex. The academy is part of the Durand Education Trust, which was set up to expand opportunities for Durand Academy pupils including post-16.  Formerly Durand Primary School, Sir Greg had led the school in its various forms since 1986. 

The TES is reporting that the school has also dropped links with a political lobbying PR firm to which it donated over £150,000 in 2012. 

On the Durant Academy website, chair of governors Kevin Craig thanks Sir Greg for his contribution and welcomes the new management team: “We are therefore delighted to announce that Mark McLaughlin has accepted the post of Interim Executive Headteacher of Durand Academy. Mr McLaughlin has been instrumental to the successes of the school over many years and we are extremely pleased to have secured his services for the year ahead.

“Furthermore, Hakim Taylor has accepted the position of Acting Senior Deputy for the Academy Trust and Head of Key Stage Four and Boarding. Ms White, Ms Pickard and Mr Brown have all been promoted to the position of Assistant Headteacher, reflecting their significant contributions. 

“The Governors are very pleased that Sir Greg will continue to support the Academy as a Governor for the coming year, and will take a leading role in overseeing the delivery of the secondary project, by supporting and advising senior colleagues.” 

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