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Head teacher's embarrassment at drink drive conviction in Larkfield

Thursday 3rd November 2016

A disciplinarian head teacher who operates a “no excuses” approach has admitted his “great embarrassment” at being caught twice the legal drink drive limit in Larkfield.

Gary Vyse, 35, the interim CEO of the Hundred of Hoo Academy, was stopped at the wheel of his BMW by police in Chaucer Way, on October 12 where he gave a breath test reading of 83. The legal limit is 35.

He was banned for 18 months and received a heavy fine.

The Williamson Trust, which runs the school, has expressed “disappointment” in Mr Vyse’s actions for which he himself has described as “wrong”.

Mr Vyse is known for strict uniform codes and a no-nonsense approach to discipline within the  academy.

Mike Costello, chairman of the Williamson Trust, said in a statement: “The court has dealt with the matter. As Trust Chairman, I have spoken directly with Mr Vyse.

“He has apologised profusely but is aware of the disappointment the Trust feels over a matter of this seriousness.

“The Trust expects the highest standards of behaviour of its leaders, both inside and outside of schools and we have been let down on this occasion.

“He is under no illusions that I am very concerned at the incident but I am also aware of the extenuating circumstances that surrounded Mr Vyse that preceded the incident.”

Mr Vyse will continue in his present role as interim CEO while a permanent successor is found.

Mr Costello added: “Mr Vyse has done an excellent job in the past three months as interim CEO of the Trust, and for many years as Headteacher at the Hundred of Hoo Academy.

“The Trust will continue present arrangements and will look to appoint a permanent CEO, as a matter of priority as originally planned.

Mr Vyse said in statement: “Many will know of my ‘no excuses’ policy for pupils at my school and that is something that I myself also live by.

“My actions were wrong and this is something I will always regret. I would like to apologise for what has happened, and reassure you that the moment of recklessness which has caused great embarrassment for me, was incredibly out of character and it’s certainly not something I condone.”

Mr Vyse was sentenced on October 28 at Mid Kent Magistrates’ Court after he pleaded guilty to drink driving.

Magistrates banned Vyse from driving for 18 months. He must also pay a £1,246 fine, £85 costs and a £124 victim surcharge.