South East Wales

Four teachers suspended at Cardiff primary school

Four teachers have been suspended from a primary school in Cardiff.

The city council said they are off work at Danescourt Primary School while an investigation into "personnel matters" is conducted.

It has stressed there are no child protection issues involved and has brought in a senior headteacher to assist the existing head until the matters are resolved.

The school has 348 pupils according to its last inspection report.

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It was formed by a merger of Danescourt junior and infant schools in 2008.

Jon House, Chief Executive of Cardiff Council, said: "An internal investigation has been launched into a number of personnel matters within Danescourt Primary School and while these investigations are ongoing four members of staff have been suspended.

"In the light of intense media speculation regarding this investigation, Cardiff Council has taken the step of supporting the school and all its staff by bringing a senior headteacher into the school to work alongside the existing headteacher until these matters are concluded.

"We will be informing parents and governors of this decision which has been taken to stabilise the situation and ensure that the school can continue to run smoothly without the education of the children being affected."

He added that the suspensions related to "internal issues" and had nothing to do with child protection.

He called on teachers, staff and parents to support the new leadership team so pupils could continue their education without any further disruption.

"I can promise that any claims made formally to the council will be thoroughly investigated. I will also be reviewing this matter on a weekly basis," he added.

An Estyn report said including the headteacher, there were nine full-time and ten part-time teachers at the school.

There were also 10 full-time and two part-time classroom support staff.