Supreme Court upholds decision to dismiss headteacher


Re: Reilly v Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council [2018] UKSC 16

This appeal considered the scope of the appellant’s contractual obligation of disclosure: whether an employment tribunal made appropriate findings to support the duty imposed.

The Supreme Court unanimously dismissed the appeal. It was reasonable for the school disciplinary panel to have concluded that the appellant’s non-disclosure of her friendship with a man convicted of making indecent images of children not only amounted to a breach of duty, but also merited her dismissal.

The appellant was under a contractual obligation to assist the governing body in discharging its duty to safeguard the pupils, and the question was whether her relationship with engaged the governing body’s safeguarding functions.

Sarah Hannett was involved in this case.