School HR manager faces sack over alleged £1.6m bonus scam

An HR manager is among four senior staff members at a London school facing disciplinary action for allegedly stealing £1.6m through a bonus scam, the Evening Standard has revealed.

Michelle Bishop, HR manager of Copland Community College in Wembley, could now face the sack after the scam was exposed. The three other senior employees also facing disciplinary action include the head teacher Alan Davies, the deputy head and the bursar.

Davies has been suspended since May following claims he took more than £600,000 in “unlawful and irrational” payments.

The initial findings of Brent council auditors in May, which were leaked to the Evening Standard, showed Davies received bonuses and other payments of £631,500 on top of his £103,000 salary.

Extra payments to staff were found to have totalled £1,565,700.

Following a four-month inquiry into the scam, the auditors said they found evidence of “gross financial misconduct”.

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