Head absent from school after complaint

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A DEPUTY head at a Spalding school has been put in charge while the headteacher is absent.

Police have confirmed they have received a complaint centring on Spalding’s St John The Baptist Primary School and are investigating it.

Headteacher Paul Reid is currently absent from the school and parents have been notified via a letter sent home with children on Friday.

A police spokesman said: “Lincolnshire Police have been contacted in connection with an allegation made at the school and officers are currently conducting enquiries.

“At this early stage, we are unable to state the nature of the allegation.”

The letter sent to parents, from chairman of the governors the Rev Peter Garland, did not explain the reason for Mr Reid’s sudden absence.

It stated: “As chairman of the governors, I wish to inform you from Friday, May 18, deputy head Helen Stray will be acting headteacher with support of the local authority, to ensure leadership and that pupils’ education will not be affected.

“I will notify you when Mr Reid returns.”

Lincolnshire County Council, which is the local education authority, also refused to shed any light on the circumstances.

Debbie Barnes, director of Children’s Services, said: “We can confirm that Paul Reid, headteacher at St John the Baptist School, Spalding, is not currently in school.

“Helen Stray will be acting deputy headteacher along with support from the local authority to ensure leadership and pupil education will not be affected.

“We are unable to comment further as this is a confidential employment matter.”

Mr Reid is the second headteacher to have gone absent from a school in South Holland in recent weeks.

Ian Charles, of the Peele Community College in Long Sutton, has been suspended from his duties pending an investigation by the board of governors into “disappointing” performance reports for the school.