Suspended school headteacher will not be returning

Former Peele Community College headteacher Ian Charles
Former Peele Community College headteacher Ian Charles

GOVERNORS at a Long Sutton school have confirmed that the headteacher they suspended last month will not be returning.

Ian Charles went absent from the Peele Community College at the beginning of May, prompting numerous rumours about the reason for his absence.

The governing body of the school came under fire from parents for not keeping them informed – finally forcing them to confirm he had been suspended pending an investigation into standards at the college.

Yesterday, a brief statement was released, saying: “Ian Charles has decided to leave The Peele Community College to pursue other career interests,

“The Governing Body thank him for his services to the college and wish him well for the future.”

Staff at the school were informed earlier this week and pupils were given a letter to take home for parents from acting headteacher Simon Gilman explaining the situation.

One grandparent of a pupil at the school said Mr Charles’ departure was the best possible news for the school.

She said: “I am glad to see the back of him and I just hope that pursuing other career interests does not include being a headteacher at any other schools because I don’t think he is fit to do that.”

It is believed the position of Peele Community College headteacher will now be advertised, with Mr Gilman continuing as acting head until a permanent appointment is made.

In the letter to parents Mr Gilman outlined how the college has continued to move forward since Mr Charles’ departure and changes that have been brought in to improve standards.

These include a restructuring of the senior leadership team and a rewritten development plan.

He said: “This has become a workable 14 month plan with a clear focus on raising attainment and improving the quality of teaching and learning.”

He promises the college will start to see the impact of the implementation of the plan in the coming months.

He also reassured parents that teacher vacancies that will arise at the end of term as a result of promotions and relocations have been filled.