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West Exe Technology College deputy Beverley Maddern resigns

Steve Maddern
Image caption Steve Maddern's salary was nearly £10,000 more than Prime Minister David Cameron's

The deputy head teacher of an Exeter school at the centre of a county council audit has resigned.

Devon County Council confirmed that Beverly Maddern had handed in her notice at West Exe Technology College.

It follows the resignation her husband Steve Maddern, who was the executive head teacher, after details of his £152,211 per year salary emerged.

Mrs Maddern has been off sick for several weeks and will officially leave the school at the end of term.

Details of Mr Maddern's salary came to light when the county council sent auditors to examine the accounts of the 1,300-student specialist technology school.

At the time, Exeter's Labour MP Ben Bradshaw described the salary - nearly £10,000 more than David Cameron's - as "way out of kilter".

Central banding system

Governors also put the college's application for academy status on hold.

No-one was available for comment from the college or the governors.

Head teachers are paid according to a central banding system.

However governing bodies can decide to award discretionary payments or benefits, without a limit, in certain circumstances - such as if a head takes on responsibility for an extra school.

As executive head of West Exe, Mr Maddern also had roles at St James' School in Exeter and Honiton Community College.

A recommendation contained in a School Teachers' Review Body report last May called for a 25% limit on the "discretionary" rewards a school leader could receive on top of their salary.

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