Bryce Wilby: School head report 'may be kept secret'

Bryce Wilby Bryce Wilby was suspended in May and an audit investigation was launched

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The complete report into former Isles of Scilly headmaster Bryce Wilby may never be made public, the islands' council chief has said.

Former Five Islands School head Bryce Wilby left his post after allegations of financial irregularities, which he denies.

Council of the Isles of Scilly chairman Mike Hicks wanted the entire report, by Cornwall Council, to be released.

He said it was now possible sections or all of it could remain secret.

Lawyer advice

Mr Wilby was suspended in May after allegations were made by whistle-blowers.

A report into his suspension and the alleged irregularities, by auditors from neighbouring Cornwall Council, has not yet been made public.

Mr Hicks said on a number of occasions that the final report would be made public.

He said he now accepted that, at the very least, large parts would probably remain secret.

There was also a strong chance that lawyers would advise that none of the report should be published, he added.

Mr Hicks said he had always spoken in good faith, but added that if lawyers insisted the report were not to be published, it would be beyond his control.

Mr Wilby has said he has done nothing wrong, and that he can prove that the allegations are unfounded.

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