Hank Roberts, a geography teacher at Copland Specialist Science Community College in London, wrote to schools secretary Ed Balls complaining that staff at the comprehensive had received bonsues amounting to £1m over the last seven years.
Head teacher Alan Davies secured an £80,000 bonus last year and a further £50,000 in 2007 on top of an approximate £100,000-per-year salary.
Secretary of state for children, schools and families Ed Balls refused to comment on Copland specifically, but said in principle he supported the idea of rewarding heads through bonuses, where appropriate.
Indravadan Patel, Copland’s chairman of governors, said Davies deserved the bonuses for attracting £300,000 in sponsorship and £2m in finance towards a new school building.
Salaries in England and Wales are set on a national scale, from £37,000 for the head of a small primary in the provinces to £107,000 for the head of an inner London comprehensive.