The head of a troubled Midland school that was devastated by arsonists a year ago has been forced to leave his job amid allegations of gross misconduct.
Mark Braine quit his post at Avon Valley School in Rugby after being told by education chiefs in Warwickshire he would be sacked.
He also now faces the prospect of being struck off as a teacher, with the profession's governing body considering whether to also take action against him.
Education bosses ordered an investigation at Avon Valley months after the fire last June amid concern by teachers and governors over Mr Braine's management style.
It concluded that Mr Braine, who went off longterm sick shortly after the fire, was an overbearing head who did not manage people very well.
He was also accused of failing to follow the right procedures for working with the school's governing body. Faced with a charge of gross misconduct, the head decided to step down, pre-empting the authority's decision to sack him.
Warwickshire County Council's county education officer Eric Wood said he hoped it was the end of a "very difficult year" for the school.
"I pay tribute to the governors for the way they have dealt with a number of difficult situations," he said.
"Avon Valley has a bright future and, with a new building being planned, can look to a fresh start.
"While there have been a number of very trying circumstances the education of the children has been successfully continued - the focus is very much on the day-to-day business of preparing for this term's tests and exams."
Mr Braine has been with Avon Valley in Newbold Road for 14 years. He was head teacher last year when a huge fire ripped through the site causing 90 per cent damage to buildings in the run-up to the exam season.
A 15-year-old youngster was arrested in connection with the blaze but later released on bail. No charges have ever being pressed.
Days after the fire a demolition worker stormed off the site amid fears that children would be exposed to asbestos if the school pressed ahead with plans to reopen.
Pupils and teachers, who have been forced to work in temporary classrooms since, feared the school would never be rebuilt.
Mr Braine is waiting to hear whether the General Teaching Council is to conduct a hearing into whether he should be allowed to remain registered as a teacher.
Plans for the new school building are expected to be unveiled by Warwickshire County Council within the next few weeks.