Despite protests from parents and the music profession, the Purcell School has finally dismissed Quentin Poole and abolished his job. Here is a letter from unsettled staff members. Purcell remains a very unhappy school, one that is still haunted by the hushed-up allegations of sexual bullying.
I write on behalf of disgruntled staff to record the dismay that despite many distinguished musicians and educationalists writing to the governors in supports of retaining the post and role of Director of Music at this music school, the Governors and Head David Thomas have completely ignored the likes of their own President Simon Rattle, Vice President Baroness Mary Warnock, Patron John Rutter, Howard Goodall and most of the Heads of London Music Conservatoires and similar DOM’s at Chets, Wells, & Menuhin music schools and deleted the post after all, citing cost cutting.
The Head foolishly claims in the letter,that his previous employment as DOM was a deciding factor in his decision to delete the post. He has already taken over directing the choir, and is now in charge of music policy. Financial reasons? rubbish! ego, ambition and punishing Poole and his partner for challenging and exposing the past misdemeanors at this school more likely! We understand both are bound by a legal gagging clause, as nothing has been heard from them.