Scilly head teacher Bryce Wilby report remains secret

  • 11 March 2013
  • From the section Cornwall
Bryce Wilby
Image caption Bryce Wilby denied allegations of financial irregularities

A report into the former head of the Isles of Scilly's Five Islands School, who was suspended over financial allegations, will not be published.

Cornwall Council produced a report for the Isles of Scilly Council into Bryce Wilby, who denied any wrongdoing.

Island council chairman Mike Hicks had said he wanted to publish the report, even if it had to be redacted.

He said legal advice meant this was no longer possible.

Confidentiality clause

Mr Wilby was suspended by school governors last May.

The Cornwall report was sent to the council in December and only a few councillors saw the final version after signing a confidentiality agreement.

The council also consulted Ashford's Solicitors in Exeter who initially said it could be released with some names and addresses taken out.

The former head threatened legal action in January, claiming it was wrong to publish a report which he said contained little of his evidence denying the allegations and that it "bears absolutely no relation" to what happened.

Ashford's has since advised the report should not be published, Mr Hicks said.

He added he had reluctantly accepted the advice despite his "genuine attempts to have an open and transparent council".

He said: "Even with redactions we've had, lawyers feel that there are still people who can be identified, and they think that's a dangerous course to go down."

Mr Wilby plans to take his case to an industrial tribunal.

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