A SCHOOL had to come clean this week and admit its beloved headteacher had been suspended after originally insisting she was merely “taking time away for personal reasons”.
Sue Jones left Weald Infant and Nursery School in Robin Hood Drive on January 25 following a decision by its governing body, and an unspecified “investigation” into her activities was launched.
One parent told the Observer: “Everybody was gutted when they heard. She was a fantastic headteacher and she's been there donkey's years.“
She kept the school together – she was amazing – and whenever you had a problem she would sort it out.
“The kids adored her. I've been here 13 years and I have never heard a bad word said about her.”
In January, a letter was issued to parents and carers from chairman of the governors Keith Holroyd that said: “The headteacher, Sue Jones, is taking some time away from the school for personal reasons.
“It is not clear at this stage how long Ms Jones will be away.”
However, on Monday a follow-up note from Mr Holroyd was sent home that conceded the situation was much more serious because Ms Jones – thought to have been with the school for 18 years – had actually been suspended.
Mr Holroyd wrote: “An investigation is currently underway and I am unable to comment further until this is concluded.”
The assistant headteacher Denise Doust has taken over the headship of the school and is being supported by Dr Reena Keeble, headteacher of Cannon Lane First School in Cannonbury Avenue, Pinner.
Neither Harrow Council nor either Weald or Cannon Lane schools will comment further on the suspension or the investigation so the nature of the allegations remain a mystery.
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