I was reflecting job descriptions and, basically telling it as it is! Much as I respect your view re whole school community, all staff are employed by the the Govs, therefore, if the Govs direct the head, or agree to the head's plans (if that's the way it's done) all staff are obliged to carry out their part of any direction (as long as they meet JD's and terms and conditions) whether they like it or not. I am sure that there are dictatorial heads out there that do take the view you put forward, and If they have the gov body in their pocket, then yes they can "do just as they please" with or without the staff agreement or blessing. If the gov body backed the 50 kid class, as long as it is within DFE guidelines, then yes staff would indeed have to put up or shut up! Personally I don't believe this is the best way to run a school, there are times, of course, when, as a head, you might have to make decisions that are not universally popular, but many brains are better than one brain and it's a very insecure, sad and lonely individual that has to run things on their own. Hence, my point, if you don't like a school, move on or train to run a school in the way you feel it should be!