Diss headteacher is suspended

The headteacher of a south Norfolk secondary school has been suspended pending the completion of an internal disciplinary investigation.

The headteacher of a south Norfolk secondary school has been suspended pending the completion of an internal disciplinary investigation.

Pupils at Diss High School were sent home with a letter on Monday explaining that headteacher Janet Hunt had been suspended for an unspecified period.

The letter did not go into details on why the action had taken place but said concerns related to 'management procedures' and not the quality of education provided.

A spokesman for Norfolk Police said Dr Hunt was not subject to any criminal proceedings and any investigations would be in the hands of Norfolk County Council.

The county council will be nominating someone from outside the school's leadership to take the role of acting headteacher while Dr Hunt remains suspended.

In a statement, Canon Anthony Billett, chair of governors at Diss High School, said: 'I can confirm that Dr Janet Hunt, headteacher of Diss High School, has been suspended pending an investigation.

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'Suspension is to ensure a full and fair investigation can take place in the interests of Dr Hunt and the school.

'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. However, as this matter is ongoing, I am not in a position to comment further at this time.'

Dr Hunt replaced Stuart Ballantyne as headteacher of Diss High School in 2008. The Walcot Road school teaches more than 1,100 pupils, aged 11 to 18.