North West Wales

Brynrefail school head teacher Eifion Jones to return to work

Eifion Jones
Image caption Gwynedd council said Eifion Jones would return to school on Monday

The head teacher of a troubled Gwynedd secondary school is due to return to work on Monday leading to the chair of governors handing in his resignation.

Governors at Ysgol Brynrefail, Llanrug, had previously passed a vote of no confidence in Eifion Jones at a meeting where they also lifted his suspension.

He had been suspended in December pending the outcome of investigations into complaints about him.

The complaints did not relate to child protection issues.

Governors had agreed a vote of no confidence in Mr Jones, with chair of governors Canon Robert Townsend saying last week that if Mr Jones did return to work, he would give up his post.

On Thursday, Gwynedd council confirmed that Mr Jones would return to school on Monday with the necessary support.

The council also confirmed that Mr Townsend had resigned and the school would appoint a new chair of governors next week.

Mr Jones's suspension followed a difficult time for the 750-pupil school, with a report by education watchdog Estyn from November 2012 stating that there had to be significant improvements.

A second report in January came to the conclusion that things had not improved satisfactorily and that Estyn would return in autumn this year.

A Facebook petition supporting Mr Jones has been "liked" by 1,200 people.

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