Welshpool school head reinstated after suspension

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Ysgol Maesydre in Welshpool has 235 pupils

The head teacher of a Powys primary school who was suspended while an investigation took place has been reinstated.

The nature of the allegations against Suzanne Foster, of Ysgol Maesydre in Welshpool, has not been made public.

Powys council said her suspension was lifted after an investigation by its officials and police.

Ms Foster was suspended on 31 January and will return to work following the half-term holidays.

The school has 235 pupils, who are taught through the medium of Welsh and English.

A Powys council spokesman said: "The suspension was lifted following the conclusion of a full investigation by police and the county council."

But the National of Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) said it was seeking a meeting with the council to discuss its suspension policy.

Anne Hovey, the NAHT regional officer for Wales, said: "We are delighted she has been reinstated and we expected it.

"While we understand and accept that there is a need for suspension in certain circumstances, it was not necessary in this case and other alternatives were not explored."

She said the circumstances in which Ms Foster was suspended were "not compliant with Welsh Assembly Government guidelines, which have been in place since 2004".

Powys council said the governors' decision to suspend the head teacher was taken "upon the recommendation of a multi-disciplinary professional strategy meeting which included the police and social services".

A spokesman said: "The suspension procedure was in accordance with the governing body's disciplinary policy which took into account the 2004 Welsh Assembly Government's guidelines and which was approved in May 2008 by all the teaching unions, including the NAHT.

"We are constantly working with the teaching unions to review and amend policies where appropriate."

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