Head reinstated after council inquiry finishes

Thetford's Norfolk Road Primary School Headteacher Jo Ryder. Photograph Simon Parker

Thetford's Norfolk Road Primary School Headteacher Jo Ryder. Photograph Simon Parker - Credit: Archant

The principal of an academy who was suspended in June has been reinstated to her job after an investigation was completed.

Jo Ryder was suspended as headteacher of Norwich Road Community Primary School in Thetford for an investigation into 'management issues' to be carried out.

The school has since become an academy – Norwich Road Academy – and Ms Ryder has been appointed as principal after Norfolk County Council completed its inquiries.

A spokesman for the Academy Transformation Trust, the academy's sponsor, said: 'Academy Transformation Trust is pleased to confirm that Jo Ryder will be returning to her post as principal of Norwich Road Academy.

'Jo will take overall responsibility for developing the school into a successful academy, and ensuring all pupils receive the best opportunities to develop both academically and socially.

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'This follows a recent investigation that has now been completed by Norfolk County Council, as Norwich Road Primary School was a local authority maintained school before it became an academy in August this year, who have concluded that no further action is necessary.

'The trust is very much concentrating on building a rewarding and proactive learning environment for our pupils and we are confident that Jo will help us achieve this moving forward.'

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Ms Ryder will now be expected to help the school progress after it was judged to be needing improvement by Ofsted in March.

That followed it being deemed 'inadequate' by inspectors in 2011.

Karen Winter, deputy headteacher, had been serving as principal while Ms Ryder was suspended.

A spokesman for Norfolk County Council said: 'We carried out an investigation into management issues, on behalf of the school's governing body, prior to it becoming an academy.

'The findings have now been shared with the academy and Ms Ryder is returning to her post. It would be inappropriate to comment further on a matter relating to an individual member of staff.'

The school became an academy in August.

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