One of Britain's highest paid head teachers killed himself after feeling "publicly undermined" by senior colleagues, an inquest has heard.
Garry Phillips, 47, a former soldier, was found hanged in December shortly after he stepped down as headteacher of City College Plymouth following a no-confidence vote over job losses.
The hearing in Plymouth heard how Mr Phillips took his own life after feeling "publicly undermined" by senior colleagues.
Some staff reportedly reacted with the "biggest cheer in the world" when Mr Phillips left in November while several employees were undergoing a redundancy consultation.
Mr Phillips was appointed as headteacher at the Plymouth school after a previous role at Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College.
During Mr Phillips' headship, the college lost significant amounts of money and went from a £5.7 million surplus in 2015/16 to an £8 million deficit in 2016/17.
His total salary of £260,000 also came in for criticism as it made him the fifth highest paid principal in the country.
This controversy followed him to his new role in Plymouth after he joined in July last year on a salary of £165,000, the inquest was told.
At a hearing on Friday, the court heard that just a few weeks after his departure on 22 December, he was found dead by his wife at his home in Plymouth, Devon.
DC Trevor Strike, the officer on the case, read a report to the inquest, saying he was speaking on behalf of Pamela Phillips, Mr Phillips’ widow.
He said: "His role as principal at times posed some considerable challenges. He did feel publicly undermined by his peers, leading to his eventual resignation in November.
"He was a private person and would shield his concerns from his family so as not to cause any unnecessary worry."
Senior coroner Ian Arrow concluded Mr Phillips had "sadly...taken his own life".