Before the merger had even been approved, Torriano Infant School paid an agency £600 a day for 10 days – totalling £6,000 – to hire executive headteacher Juliette Jackson as a consultant on the proposed merger of the infant school in Kentish Town with the junior school next door.

During that time, she amassed £1,373.50 in taxi and other travel expenses, a Freedom of Information Act request has revealed.

The revelation has incensed a large contingent of parents and former staff who have fiercely opposed the merger, which was voted through at a council meeting last Thursday.

Reported by Ham & High. You can read the full story here. 

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