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Head 'forced' to quit school; PETITION: Pupils fighting to keep popular headmaster.

Byline: By Tony Collins

PUPILS at a Birmingham secondary school are fighting to hold onto their head teacher amid claims by a parent governor that he is being forced out of his job.

The majority of the 1,350 pupils at Moseley School in College Road, Moseley, have apparently signed a petition aimed at trying to keep David Peck as their head.

But the 54-year-old Mr Peck, who has been in charge of the specialist language college for nearly eight years, insisted today that his departure at the end of the current term was "amicable" and by mutual agreement.

He said: "I have had a very happy time at Moseley and it is always very sad to be leaving somewhere where you have enjoyed working.

"But I have come to an amicable agreement with the governing body to leave at the end of term."

Mr Peck declined to say whether a group of governors on Moseley's governing body had been intent on forcing his resignation from the school.

Moseley School will be temporarily taken over by Tim Boyes, head teacher of Queensbridge School in Moseley, who will become interim head of Moseley in the New Year.

But today parent governor David Simones-Jones described the whole episode as a "disgrace" and said that Mr Peck was doing an excellent job as head.

Mr Simones-Jones, who unsuccessfully argued his case at a meeting of school governors on Tuesday night, claimed: "I see a very professional and dedicated headmaster they are trying to get rid of. The governing body says the situation between them and David Peck was unworkable, but I think it's just some governors.

There was a vote taken to accept the new interim head without further discussion."

He added: "The children are up in arms about it and teachers are having to handle pupils who are feeling very insecure.

"About 95 per cent of pupils have signed a petition asking for him to stay and parents are backing them.

"The whole thing is a disgrace and is detrimental to the future of our education system in Birmingham.

My main concern is for the welfare of the students who seem to have been treated in a despicable manner, and seem to be treated as though they don't exist."

Moseley School was visited in February this year by Ofsted inspectors who described it as a satisfactory school with many good features. In particular, they said the leadership provided by the head teacher was good.

The chair of governors was unavailable for comment, but a spokesman for Birmingham education authority said: "Mr Peck is leaving by mutual agreement between himself, the governors and the local authority. He has decided it is time for him to move on to pursue other interests."

Roger King, Birmingham general secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said they were discussing the matter with the authority and had written to the chair of governors seeking a meeting.

"We want to make sure the school stays on track," Mr King said.

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