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School put me at risk from heart attack.

A senior Birmingham teacher yesterday claimed working in a "failing" city school has left him at serious risk of a heart attack.

Mr Clive Birch is on the waiting list for a heart operation which he claims was brought on by conditions at Sir Theodore Pritchett Primary School where he was deputy head.

The school, in Druids Heath, was put on special measures by inspectors from the Office for Standards in Education.

Ofsted officially removed its "failing" tag in March but not before the resignation of head teacher Mr Mario Abela.

His management style was criticised in the Ofsted report and was said to have contributed to the departure of several teachers through ill health.

Mr Birch, aged 50, from Handsworth Wood, has been off work since October after being diagnosed with a severe heart condition.

He urgently requires a heart valve replacement, but has already had the operation put back three times.

Mr Birch, married with two children, said: "I was carrying a lot of the can for others."

A Birmingham education spokesman said they were unable to comment on Mr Birch's medical condition, but added: "We wish him a speedy recovery and hope he will soon be back in school."
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:May 22, 1999
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