Prominent old boy from Scotch College urges heads to roll over recruitment ‘disaster’

Scotch announced that it had terminated Mr Leeds’ contract on January 13 – two months after he was hired from Sydney’s prestigious Sydney Church of England School (Shore), where he held leading academic roles.


After Scotch named him, the school received information from a whistleblower about 2017 misdemeanor allegations while working at Geelong Grammar School. According to an email on January 13 to Mr Sloan’s parents, the complaint involved “allegations that Mr Leeds had been involved in fraud in connection with his previous employment”.

“The charges include issues of maintaining proper professional standards and boundaries.”

Sir. Sloan said Scotch hired a law firm to investigate the allegations, saying the school board took the allegations “seriously.” He told parents that the school decided to release Mr Leeds despite his denials and Scotch’s inability to prove the allegations.

Geelong investigated the case in 2017. Shore school has come out in support of Mr Leeds, saying he had consistently denied the allegations, and two investigations – conducted by Geelong Grammar and the Victorian Institute of Teachers – found it unfounded.

Scotch has defended what it says were strict background checks on Mr Leeds, who at the age of 30 was relatively young to lead a top school. However, two sources with knowledge of the process told Aging Scotch did not contact Geelong Grammar’s current principal to get a reference check.

Aging has chosen not to repeat the allegations, which Mr Leeds rejects as they have not been independently verified. It is understood that the events in Geelong did not involve child sexual abuse.

Sir. Yunghanns – a polo benefactor, lawyer and former Coonawarra winery owner who has entered into agreements with well-known companies such as James Hardie – called for an independent committee to investigate the recruitment process and the role of school board and recruitment firm Fish and Nankivell.

“This process failed our school,” he wrote. “It’s important for me to share my honest views on the current issues that engulf the school, which seem to have a very unpleasant odor swirling around them.”

Mr. Sloan, a former director of Betta Foods, took over as chairman of the school board from former Liberal Senator David Kemp.

The school charges a tuition fee of about $ 30,000 per year for each high school student. By 2010, its alumni had received more Order of Australia awards than any school in the country. These included former Governor-General Sir Zelman Cowen, former Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Hayne and the pioneer in eye health, Professor Hugh Taylor. Victorian Prime Minister Jeff Kennett and John Cain went to school.

Sir. Leeds, Scotch College and Fish and Nankvell were all contacted for comment on Tuesday.

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