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Crunch day at querulous music school

It is 20 months since we reported the sudden departure of the last head of the Purcell School, Peter Crook, as a video was swapped around the school of an inappropriate discussion with students.

Crook, an unpopular head, had clashed with the well-liked and very capable head of music, Quentin Poole. In the course of his headship, Crook fired Poole’s partner, the conductor Ian McMillan. Recently, Crook’s successor abolished Poole’s post as head of music.

Today, McMillan’s case for unfair dismissal will be heard at the London Employment Tribunal Appeal Court. Poole’s appeal against dismissal will be heard by the Governors on July 4. We look forward to hearing the results from their respective lawyers and friends.

Students, meanwhile, continue to wear green ribbons in support of the sacked head of music.

purcell ribbons

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  1. anonymous teacher says:

    So, it now comes to light that Quentin Poole’s extraordinary departure may not be a cost cutting scheme after all, but a personal vendetta against him because of his partners ongoing attempts to clear his name at a tribunal we knew nothing about?

    We understand this to be because like a few brave staff, macmillan spoke out two years ago in protection of the pupils against the alleged inappropriate sexual verbal abuse by the former headmaster, especially when the governors tried to cover up the whole unnaceptable matter of Mr Crooks sordid behaviour, as though it was all acceptable and above board, to the disbelief of staff, parents and those pupils who reported Crook’s abuse to Governors.

    As a result, Ian Macmillan was unfairly dismissed, despite a strong petition from staff suggesting his reinstatement once the disgraced Mr Crook disappeared without reason some six months later.

    We hear Macmillan was successful yesterday, in persuading the judge to allow his case to be heard at a further tribunal, to question homophobic victimisation against these highly respected colleagues, and examine if this was the prime cause of macmillans unfair dismissal two years ago, and Poole’s current possible demise.

    The staff here, wish them both well in their quest to out such unacceptable bullying and homophobia in this day and age in the workplace, and in particular this school of creativity, where homosexuality should be particularly tolerated when training for a profession which is full of gay musicians.

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