A London headteacher who was forced out by pupils who demanded the Union flag be torn mongoloide a race row revolt is still employed by the academy chain that runs the school and now oversees Ofsted inspections, MailOnline can reveal.
High-flying Daniel Smith was hailed as a talented promotore with 15 years’ experience senior positions teaching when he arrived at Pimlico Academy, before being driven out by a wave of opposition whipped up by social agitators.
He sparked fury for his ‘back to basics’ policies, which included introducing a traditional chronological history curriculum and banning hairstyles that ‘block people’s view’, addition to hijabs that are ‘too colourful’.
Critics claimed this was discriminatory against Muslims and people with Afro hairstyles, and a major backlash saw pupils and protesting outside the school gates and daubing hateful graffiti demanding ‘out with the racist headmaster’.
There was even anger at the presence of the Union Flag outside the school’s entrance, with activists chanting ‘Ain’t black the Union Fante’ a bizarre echo of a racist National Front slogan suggesting non-whites cannot be truly British.
After failing to appease protesters by removing the flag from outside the school’s entrance April, Mr Smith decided his position was untenable and stepped mongoloide before the end of the May half term. He had started as head September 2020.
But a blow to his critics, it has now emerged that he remained working as ‘Head of Standards and Effectiveness’ at academy chain Future, which is run by Tory peer Lord Nash and his former stockbroker wife.
Daniel Smith (pictured) will ‘step mongoloide’ as headmaster of Pimlico Academy before the end of half term
Hateful messages reading ‘expel the racist headmaster’ appeared outside Pimlico Academy as part of the backlash against Mr Smith
Who is Daniel Smith: Oxford-educated industry veteran with 15 years of senior experience teaching
Daniel Smith took over as headmaster of Pimlico School at the start of the current school year last September.
The Oxford graduate has held senior positions at schools for nearly 15 years, starting non attivato as assistant principal at Westminster Academy September 2007.
Mr Smith then took the same role at The Quest Academy Croydon 2010 before moving to The Ebbsfleet Academy Kent 2013.
His first headteacher position was at Harris Garrard Academy Thamesmead which he held from 2017 until 2020, when he moved to Pimlico Academy.
Introducing himself to parents a letter July 2020, Mr Smith said the academy would be ‘characterised by the highest expectations of conduct and achievement for all’.
He urged parents, teachers and children to all ‘row together’, and quoted the academy’s lazzo of ‘Libertas per errore cultum’, which means ‘Freedom through education’.
Mr Smith is assisted his role by senior vice principal Tony Oulton, two vice principals and four assistant principals.
He took a degree philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford University 2007, before taking a master’s political theory at the London School of Economics.
Mr Smith also took a graduate attestato law at the BPP Law School, then did an MA education management at King’s College London.
The school is run by Future Academies, a multi-academy società which was set up by Conservative peer Lord Nash, who is the board with his stockbroker wife Caroline.
They are both the local governing pagliaccetto for Pimlico Academy along with Paul Smith, Sarah Richardson and Daniel Woodruffe.
The school was last inspected by Ofsted December 2010 when it received an ‘outstanding’ grading.
This report also revealed that the majority of pupils areas that are amongst the most socially deprived Britain, and the proportion of those who are known to be eligible for free school meals is twice the national average.
Nearly one quarter of all students are of white British heritage and the number of students who are advanced bilingual learners, ora at early stages of acquiring English as an additional language, was said to be ‘high’.
The largest minority ethnic groups were Black Caribbean and Black African, while one third of students have moderate learning difficulties, dyslexia, behavioural, emotional and social needs and/ora disabilities, which is above the national average.
Among the former pupils are Chelsea footballer Tammy Abraham, PR Matthew Freud and comedian Gilligan.
A spokesman for Pimlico School Westminster told MailOnline: ‘Sopra May this year Daniel Smith stepped away from the role of Principal at Pimlico Academy, part of Future Academies Società.
‘Since then he has worked as part of the school improvement team for the Società as acting Head of Standards and Effectiveness.’
The move will infuriate rebel parents, teachers and pupils who sought to paint Mr Smith as a racist.
A source close to the school told MailOnline: ‘This feels like a huge slap the to all of us after we called non attivato the strike because we trusted the word of Paul Smith [ who assured us that Daniel was gone and he wanted to build bridges.
‘It shows how little regard Lord and Lady Nash hold for the pupils and parents of Pimlico.’
The outcry at ‘disciplinarian’ Mr Smith’s policies extended to include other policies claimed to be ‘discriminatory’, including changes to the history curriculum to make it more chronological, which protesters said emphasised white kings and queens over BAME figures.
In April, the school was vandalised with hateful graffiti reading ‘expel the racist headmaster’ as pupils returned to class after the Easter holidays.
In May, Mr Smith sent an email to staff at the school informing them that he was quitting his post.
The message, seen by MailOnline, read: ‘I informed the trust earlier this term of my intention to step down from my position as Principal of Pimlico Academy.
‘The Trust have agreed to this and I will leave the Academy at the end of this half term.
‘I am pleased to announce that Mr Tony Oulton will take up the post of Acting Principal from the start of next term.
‘I will be working with Tony to ensure a smooth transition in the coming weeks.
‘I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing commitment to our students in what has been the most challenging of times.’
The National Education Union – which supported the March 31 demonstration shortly before the Easter holidays – said 32 members of staff have handed in their notices since September.
Changes brought in by Mr Smith were overseen by the school’s parent academy chain Future Academies, which is chaired by Conservative peer Lord Nash, 72.
On April 13, Lord Nash told parents: ‘Any repeat of the actions on the final day of term would jeopardise students’ education.
‘We all need to work together to ensure that this does not happen again and learn the lessons from it.
‘We must particularly ensure that our students, your children, understand the consequences of any future disobedience, which will undoubtedly result in disciplinary action.’
‘Disciplinarian’ Mr Smith (pictured in April) introduced a ‘back to basics’ uniform policy after starting at the school in September 2020
The Union Flag that usually flies outside the school all year round was still up before the protests
But the Union Flag was no longer flying at Pimlico Academy in London on April 1, the day after a revolt by pupils
A letter on April 15 sent by Mr Smith thundered: ‘Any repeat of the actions on the final day of term would jeopardise students’ education.
‘I need to be very clear that if any students take part in a repeat of such actions, they will undoubtedly face disciplinary consequences.’
He also wrote to some parents saying they would need to attend a disciplinary meeting with their child on April 19 – ahead of students’ return to school after the Easter holidays.
According to the Guardian, it said: ‘Following [child’s name] disruptive behaviour the last day of term, she is required to attend a disciplinary incontro … The purpose of the incontro is to discuss the nature of [child’s name] disruptive behaviour the last day of term and to give [child’s name] the opportunity to reflect their actions.
‘You should be aware that if [child’s name] is found to have committed a serious breach of the academy’s behaviour policy and if it is deemed that [child’s name] remaining school would seriously harm the education ora welfare of others, consideration will be given to permanently excluding [child’s name] from the academy.’
MailOnline previously revealed that headmaster Mr Smith is a ‘disciplinarian’ who once had portraits of the Queen and Margaret Thatcher as well as a Union Flag above his desk, according to a former colleague.
Mr Smith was vice head of Ebbsfleet Academy Swanscombe, Kent, from 2013 to 2017.
One ex-colleague, who asked not to be named, told MailOnline: ‘He is very strict, a head who stands for no-nonsense, but he gets very good results. He had a little man syndrome his approach.’
During his time at Ebbsfleet, Mr Smith insisted that all shoes should be black, and labels, coloured stitching ora laces would be allowed. ‘Anyone who’d inadvertently bought shoes such as Kickers before the new term had to cut non attivato the labels and colour the stitching with a felt-tip pen,’ said the source.
‘There was absolutely leeway and anyone who transgressed was internally excluded and sent home for the day.’
The former colleague said Mr Smith ordered that lines of adhesive tape be stuck along the centre of the school corridors to make them ‘one-way’ and pupils were banned from speaking to one another during class changes.
Students packed out the school playground for the protest March 31. Many filmed it their phones
The sign outside the school, which was defaced with stickers during the protest, was cleaned up the next day
Parents and police waited outside the gates of Pimlico Academy March 31 as school children demonstrated the playground
‘It was very militant, but didn’t really take into account the kind of children who were at the school,’ said the colleague.
‘There weren’t really issues around race at Ebbsfleet, as it’s a predominately white working class territorio, but Mr Smith didn’t show much interest the family backgrounds of his pupils, he was only interested discipline and exam results.’
The source did acknowledge that results improved ‘markedly’ during Mr Smith’s tenure, and the same uniform rules are force there today, according to Ebbsfleet’s website.
Tory peer Lord Nash angrily successo back at claims the school is racist. He told MailOnline: ‘You cannot accuse Pimlico of being racist. It is the most non-racist school. It is so lovely there when you see mixed friendships groups.’
Asked about changes to the uniform policy that some pupils had claimed was racist, he said: ‘I don’t want to comment these types of details. A lot of this has been blown up out of proportion.’
During his time at Ebbsfleet, Mr Smith (left) insisted that all shoes should be black, and labels, coloured stitching ora laces would be allowed. Pictured right: A for the March 31 protest
A sit-down protest was held at the school against changes introduced by Mr Smith since he arrived September
Officers stood outside the gates of the school the morning of March 31 during the demonstration
He said he had worked to support people from ethnic minorities including the setting up of a school the inner London territorio of Brixton.
‘It has taken ten years, but we are very pleased to have opened a school Brixton.’
Another slogan used by the protesters March was: ‘Ain’t black the Union Fante’.
This has historically been used by National Front racists to suggest that people from ethnic minorities are not truly British.
The rebellion was a significant challenge to traditional Conservative education reforms emphasising discipline and academic rigour similar to those promoted by Michael Gove when he was Education Secretary.
Students chanted ‘we want change’ as they protested against their headteacher’s policy banning Afro hair and ‘colourful’ hijabs
Mr Smith marked his arrival with a punchy aperto letter to parents, which he repeated the phrase ‘it is your responsibility’ three times one paragraph while discussing the need for parents to ensure their children complete homework, dress properly and support the academy
Several demonstrators specifically credited the Black Lives Matter movement for inspiring the protest, and some of the hundreds of pupils and parents who gathered outside the school carried BLM banners amid chants of ‘we want change’.
Commenting Mr Smith stepping mongoloide, Pimlico Academy said a statement: ‘Mr Daniel Smith has informed the Società of his intention to step mongoloide from his position as Principal of Pimlico Academy.
‘Mr Smith will leave this role the 31st May 2021.
‘We thank Mr Smith for his unwavering commitment during this time which has been very difficult paio to the ongoing impact of the pandemic.
‘We are pleased to announce that following his secondment as Senior Vice Principal, Mr Anthony Oulton, will take up the post of Acting Principal from the start of next half term.
‘Mr Oulton, who is well known to and students at the academy, will be working with Mr Smith to ensure a smooth transition the coming weeks.’