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Holywell teacher takes school to tribunal over redundancy

A TEACHER who was made redundant after working at a Flintshire school for more than 20 years has claimed she was treated unfairly.

And Denise Lund also alleged at an employment tribunal that the governors of Ysgol y Fron in Holywell were guilty of mismanaging their budget by taking on extra staff when they knew that the school would soon be seeking redundancies.

Mrs Lund, from Rhosesmor, was one of two members of staff to lose their jobs in May 2009, when savings of £75,000 needed to be made.

The tribunal at Towyn heard on Tuesday that she and headteacher Peter Davies had clashed several times since he took over in 2006.

She said he had refused to call the police or seek a restraining order against a mother who had threatened her in the classroom, but did so when he himself was threatened.

On another occasion, she alleged, Mr Davies had rebuked her for wanting to leave school early when her pet horse was seriously ill, but went home himself when his children’s pet rabbits needed to be taken to the vet.

Wiping tears from her eyes Mrs Lund, who had been the lead teacher for music at the school, told the tribunal she had been upset when during a Christmas concert in Holywell High Street another teacher conducted the children’s choir, even though she had trained them.

When it came to making two staff redundant, she said, the criteria was ‘skewed’ so she was given little or no credit for her work, even though two of her subjects, science and Welsh, had received praise from inspectors.

Mrs Lund told the tribunal: “It seemed that nothing I did was good enough for Mr Davies. I felt undervalued.”

She claimed the school governors should not have appointed an additional member of staff in 2006 when it was apparent redundancies would soon be sought.

Mr Davies has previously denied the allegations, pointing out that he did not draw up the criteria and that it was the governors who allocated the points on which the redundancies were based.

The hearing continues.