Long Sutton school confirms suspension of headteacher

Currently suspended: Peele Community College headteacher Ian Charles
Currently suspended: Peele Community College headteacher Ian Charles
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The Peele Community College has finally confirmed that headteacher Ian Charles is currently suspended.

Chairman of the governors, Paul Grooms, took the decision ahead of a meeting to discuss reports into the college’s recent performance.

Parents and pupils at the college - a secondary school which covers Long Sutton, Sutton Bridge and the surrounding areas - had been in the dark about Mr Charles’ absence for a fortnight.

As reported in today’s Lincolnshire Free Press, the governing body has received a volley of complaints over its handling of the matter.

Then at noon today, the following statement was issued by the college:

“The Chair of the Governing Body, supported by the Vice Chair of Governors, has taken the decision to refer concerns that he has following the disappointing Ofsted Inspection in January 2012, the Local Authority’s School Self-evaluation Review in March 2012 and an independent report on the leadership and management of the College by an external consultant in April 2012 to a panel of the Governing Body for its consideration.

Prior to the consideration of the matter by the panel of Governors the Headteacher will not be in College and Mr Simon Gilman will be acting Headteacher in the interim.

The consideration by the panel of Governors will take place following the appropriate notice to call the meeting on a date convenient to all parties.

There will be no further statement before the matter has been considered by the panel of the Governing Body.”