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Head suspended in misconduct probe

Carol Clare who has been suspended as chief executive officer and principal of The Phoenix Family of Schools.

Carol Clare who has been suspended as chief executive officer and principal of The Phoenix Family of Schools.

A principal in charge of six schools, including Gosberton Academy, has been suspended over a “conduct issue” currently under investigation.

Carol Clare, chief executive officer (CEO) and principal of The Phoenix Family of Schools (PFOS) was suspended last week after an allegation was “anonymously raised” with the federation’s senior management.

Denzil Shepheard, the federation’s chairman of governors, said the allegation was a “confidential issue” being investigated by educational support body Mouchel and that an outcome would be reached in the “shortest possible time.”

Mrs Clare (53) was appointed CEO in January 2013 when the former Gosberton Primary School became an academy after previously working at Gedney Drove End Primary School and the former Goodfellows Primary School in Spalding.

Mr Shepheard said: “Mrs Clare was suspended last week over a conduct issue that was anonymously raised and we have commissioned our personnel and human resources advisor Mouchel to conduct an independent investigation.

“It’s a confidential issue which came to light recently, but the suspension isn’t an admission of guilt and Mrs Clare is on leave while the investigation goes on.

“An allegation has been made, action has been taken, an investigation is under way and when it’s completed in the shortest possible time, a hearing will take place with directors and they will come to a decision.

“It’s the first time we’ve ever had to deal with something of this nature, at this level, but that’s why procedures are in place so that people can be treated fairly and equitably.”

Mrs Clare was one of six finalists in the Headteacher of the Year category at the 2013 Times Educational Supplement Schools Awards in London and before her suspension, she was involved in trying to open a new bilingual Inspirar Academy in Spalding where children would learn both English and Spanish.

Mr Shepheard said: “Mrs Clare’s suspension is disappointing but we’re following the correct procedures in doing what we’ve done and in the way we’ve done it.

“The investigation won’t impact on the daily workings of the schools at all and arrangements are in place whereby the three most senior people in the PFOS organisation are sharing Mrs Clare’s responsibilities.”

 

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