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Calne head teacher suspended after allegation of assault
Head teacher Trystan Williams has been temporarily suspended while police investigate reports of an assault on a pupil at Springfields School in Calne.
Mr Williams has the full support of the school’s governing body while the investigation takes place and in the meantime his duties will be taken over by associate principal Jon Hamp.
Police are investigating after a pupil from the school was taken to the Great Western Hospital in Swindon complaining of stomach pains on Tuesday last week.
He was transferred to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford and is still in hospital.
Police arrested three members of staff on the same day, including a 46-year-old woman from Chippenham and a 38-year-old man from Melksham who were later released.
No further action will be taken against them, but Mr Williams has been released on police bail pending further inquiries.
Ninna Gibson, chairman of governors at Springfields, said: “The Springfields Academy is recognised by Ofsted as providing outstanding provision for troubled children and young people.
“Our young people occasionally exhibit, and staff are prepared to face, challenging behaviour. It was during this type of circumstance that this incident occurred.
“The principal, Mr Trystan Williams, was involved in the incident. As the matter is being investigated by the relevant authorities, Mr Williams will not be performing his duties until further notice.”
The Springfields Academy is an award-winning specialist school for children with complex, social and learning difficulties and has between 90 to 100 pupils boarding full-time.
It is the pioneer of the extreme classrooms project and over the next week 11 pupils, including three pupils from Springfields, will be filmed by the BBC as they attempt to climb Everest.
The party flew out yesterday without Mr Williams, who was due to go on the expedition.
A spokesman from Wiltshire Police said: “We can confirm we are currently investigating an incident at the school that resulted in a pupil receiving a serious injury.
“Three people were arrested on suspicion of GBH in connection with this matter. Two have been subsequently released with no further action and a third, a 42-year-old man from Calne, was released on police bail pending further inquiries.”
Mrs Gibson said: “Mr Williams continues to enjoy the full support of the governors, who stress that his absence should not be interpreted as an indication of wrongdoing, breach of duty or failure to uphold good practice.
“The governors hope Mr Williams will return to his duties very soon and that the parents and guardians of pupils at The Springfields Academy will join them in supporting Mr Williams at this difficult time.
“The welfare and best interests of the pupils will be paramount in any decision the governors make concerning this matter.”