A FORMER head teacher who took up to £40,000 from his school's funds was jailed yesterday by a judge who described him as arrogant, dishonest, a hypocrite and an embezzler.
Howard White, 55, was sent to prison along with fellow former head Philip Rodgers, 51, at Sheffield Crown Court.
A jury heard how the two men worked at schools in one of the most deprived areas of Britain, in Rotherham, South Yorkshire.
They hatched plots to con the local authority over building work undertaken by their drinking pal, contractor Philip Wright.
White, a father-of-two who was head at East Dene Junior School, was also convicted of stealing more than £10,000 from funds intended to help youngsters go on trips and provide an after-school club.
He was jailed for a total of three years and nine months and ordered to pay £22,000 costs.
Rodgers, who was head of both Dalton Foljambe and High Greave Junior Schools, in Rotherham, was jailed for a year and ordered to pay £25,000 costs.
Builder Philip Wright, 48, was also jailed for a year and ordered to pay £100,000 costs. A fourth defendant, Janet Armeson, 47, was jailed for six months. She conspired with White to take cash from the after-school club.