Spalding headteacher cleared by police of any wrongdoing

St John's Primary, Spalding.
St John's Primary, Spalding.
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The headteacher of a Spalding primary school has been cleared after allegations involving the school were dropped.

Paul Reid went absent from St John The Baptist Primary School more than a week ago, but no information has been available outlining the circumstances.

Following an investigation involving the police, a spokesman said yesterday: “Lincolnshire Police were contacted after an allegation was made against a member of staff at St John the Baptist CE School in Spalding. “Officers have conducted thorough and extensive enquiries in relation to the matter and have determined that, whilst the report was made in good faith, there was no substance to the allegation and that no individual is suspected of any wrongdoing.

“Police recognise that this has been an extremely difficult time for everyone involved and would like to thank staff and governors at the school for their co-operation.”

Lincolnshire County Council will now meet with police and the school before issuing any further details.

During Mr Reid’s absence, deputy head Helen Stray stepped in to ensure the smooth running of the school.

Ken Rustidge, divisional secretary of the National Union of Teachers, said: “It’s always worrying for a headteacher or teacher when unsubstantiated allegations are made at a school, but things have to be done by the book.

“All we can ask people to focus on is the splendid job headteachers and teachers are doing in Lincolnshire. We have some well-respected headteachers working in the county, including Mr Reid in Spalding.

“They work very hard and beyond the call of duty. They are steering their ships through very difficult waters as the demands on them are made even greater.

“Let’s hope people will allow them to get on with their good work.”