Headteacher suspended as investigation launched
THE headteacher at Diss High School has been suspended after an investigation was launched into “management issues” at the school, it has emerged.
Dr Janet Hunt was suspended on Friday while Norfolk County Council carries out its investigations.
In the meantime, the council is in the process of nominating a suitable acting head to lead the school in the interim.
The chairman of the school’s governing body, Canon Anthony Billet, said: “I can confirm that Dr Janet Hunt, headteacher of Diss High School, has been suspended, pending an investigation.
“Suspension is to ensure a full and fair investigation can take place, in the interests of Dr Hunt and the school.
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“As an interim measure, I have asked the county council to nominate a suitably experienced acting head from outside the school’s leadership to ensure the school itself continues to run normally.
“We are working closely with the county council to ensure we follow all of the correct procedures.
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“However, as this matter is ongoing, I am not in a position to comment further at this time.”
A spokeswoman for Norfolk County Council confirmed it was leading the investigation and will present its findings to the governing body which will make any decisions.
She said: “It is a management investigation, relating to management issues at the school.”
Dr Hunt took over at the school three years ago, replacing Stuart Ballantyne.