Nicholas Hamond Academy principal sacked: Letter to parents says issues did not involve the safety or wellbeing of any pupils currently attending the academy

Cheryl Hill, who has been sacked as the principal of The Nicholas Hamond Academy in Swaffham. Pictur

Cheryl Hill, who has been sacked as the principal of The Nicholas Hamond Academy in Swaffham. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The principal of The Nicholas Hamond Academy in Swaffham has been dismissed following serious breaches in applying safeguarding procedures.

Mystery continues to surround the sacking of the head of a Norfolk secondary school.

Cheryl Hill has been dismissed as principal of The Nicholas Hamond Academy in Swaffham.

Academy Transformation Trust (ATT) said her contract has been terminated following an investigation into 'serious breaches' of applying safeguarding procedures.

In a letter to parents, ATT managing director Joyce Hodgetts said: 'Please be assured that the issues did not involve the safety or wellbeing of any pupils currently attending the academy.'


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Norfolk Police has been involved in the investigation.

But neither ATT or police would reveal more information about the specific reasons for Ms Hill's dismissal.

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The announcement to staff, and letter to parents, sought to reassure the community that matters had been dealt with swiftly.

ATT managing director Joyce Hodgetts said: 'Academy Transformation Trust has been working with the Norfolk local area designated officer for safeguarding and the police to ensure that matters have been dealt with appropriately.

'ATT has carried out a full safeguarding review in the academy since the matter came to light.

'We can assure you that all procedures are robust and appropriate.

'Since Cheryl's appointment there have been many positive changes within the academy.

'The continued improvement in exam results is testament to the hard work and commitment of the staff.

'We can assure you that the pupils' education will be unaffected by the dismissal and that ATT will ensure permanent, appropriate leadership arrangements are put in place as quickly as possible.

'The safety, happiness and achievement of students remain our highest priority and we will continue to provide excellent opportunities for pupils.'

A Norfolk Police spokesman said: 'We have been working with the academy in relation to a safeguarding matter and are satisfied it has been dealt with appropriately.'

Nicholas Hamond Academy's vice principal will act as head of the school until permanant leadership has been arranged.

Are you concerned about how this will affect your child's education? E mail adam.lazzari@archant.co.uk

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