Cash goes to school trust

090545b news' New Scalby Head Paul Tarn and Michael Wilkins(National Leader of Education Executive Principle) who is overseeing progression at the Sch.
090545b news' New Scalby Head Paul Tarn and Michael Wilkins(National Leader of Education Executive Principle) who is overseeing progression at the Sch.
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THE trust which runs a top high school is set for a £250,000 windfall from a consultancy company run by its superhead.

Outwood Grange Academies Trust will get the cash after the company, which was paid hundreds of thousands of pounds for helping failing schools out of special measures, was wound up.

Companies House documents show liquidators were given the authority to divide up £247,342 between members of Outwood Grange Consultancy Company. Outwood Grange head Michael Wilkins is one of five directors.

In a statement Outwood Grange said the company was no longer required.

The statement said: “We can confirm that Outwood Grange Consultancy Company, which is solvent, is being voluntarily wound up and that the surplus monies, amounting to approximately £250,000, will be transferred to the trust for the benefit of the students.

“We would like to make it absolutely clear that no members of this company will benefit as a result of this decision.”

Councils which paid the consultancy company for support for struggling schools included Doncaster Council, which paid £381,197 and £156,664 to help North Doncaster Technology College out of special measures. Stockton Borough Council also paid the firm £723,000 and £628,000.

Outwood Grange was criticised in a council audit last year for “excessive” use of public money. It emerged that thousands of pounds was spent on staff rewards.

Wakefield Council asked Mr Wilkins to repay around £80,000 he received for consultancy work on top of his salary from a previous company, Challenge Leadership LTD.

But Outwood Grange disputed the council’s findings.

Outwood Grange Consultancy Company’s accounts show it made charitable donations to Outwood Grange School Fund of £420,000 in 2010 and £240,000 in 2009.

The company gave Outwood Grange Academies Trust £213,712 last year and £262,591 in 2010.

Three other companies registered at Outwood Grange are still trading. Outwood Grange Services, set up five months ago, was established to raise funds for the school and its students, the trust said.

Outwood Grange Sports and Leisure was set up to collect cash to replace an all-weather pitch. The trust said no monies were held by its other company, Outwood Grange Education.