Somerset

'Mouth tape' school head Ian Bradbury quits his post

Ian Bradbury Image copyright (C) British Broadcasting Corporation
Image caption Ian Bradbury had worked at Danesfield School since 1999

A head teacher of a Somerset school where tape was allegedly put over the mouths of some pupils has resigned.

Ian Bradbury worked at Danesfield School, Williton since 1999 which later became part of the Quantock Academy of Schools.

A letter to parents from the chair of governors said his leadership had "improved outcomes for our children".

In March, a teacher from Danesfield was suspended after parents complained that tape was used on children's mouths.

The teacher who had apparently carried out the act has not worked at the school since the incident in March. It is not Mr Bradbury.

'New phase'

It was claimed tape was used to keep the pupils quiet because they had been noisy and had made one girl's lips bleed when it was removed.

Mr Bradbury was also the executive of all three schools in the Quantock Academy of Schools.

The letter, sent by chair of governors Cerys Randall, said: "Ian has led Danesfield Middle School and latterly the Quantock Federation of schools since 1 January 1999.

"He has achieved much and under his leadership the schools have improved outcomes for our children.

"Most recently he has led the schools through the process of acquiring academy status.

"The governors wish to place on record their appreciation of Ian's achievements and wish him well in the future as he moves into a new phase of his life and career."

Danesfield was converted to an academy at the beginning of March.

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