Teacher 'did not commit a crime'

Sarah BrealeyPolice have said that a head teacher suspended following an alleged school incident did not commit a criminal offence.Pupils at Eaton Primary School in Purtingay Close were given letters to take home revealing that head teacher Diana Neville-Jones, a teacher with more than 25 years' experience, had been suspended 'pending an investigation'.Sarah Brealey

Police have said that a head teacher suspended following an alleged school incident did not commit a criminal offence.

Pupils at Eaton Primary School in Purtingay Close were given letters to take home revealing that head teacher Diana Neville-Jones, a teacher with more than 25 years' experience, had been suspended 'pending an investigation'.

Specific details of the alleged incident remain unclear. But a Norfolk police spokesman said: 'This matter was referred to police under agreed procedures. Initial enquiries have been carried out and no criminal offences have been committed. No further police action will be taken in relation to this matter.'

Mrs Neville-Jones had resigned in February and was serving out her notice when she was suspended. She was due to leave at the end of term next month. Interviews for her replacement, to start in January, were due to be held today and tomorrow. Deputy head teacher Jeremy Johns is currently acting as head teacher.

The school is working with Norfolk County council and following agreed procedures for the investigation.

Victoria MacDonald, chairman of governors at Eaton Primary School, said: 'I understand that the police have concluded their inquiries. There is still a process that needs to be gone through and that is continuing. It is a very difficult time for the school and Diana.

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'We would like to ask for some privacy for her and the school so we can carry on with things.

'Suspending somebody is merely a neutral act to allow an investigation to be undertaken. It means nothing more than that and nothing more should be read into it.'

There have been reports that the suspension was over an argument with a pupil, but Mrs MacDonald said this was untrue.

Mrs Neville-Jones, who was Diana Ellis until her marriage earlier this year, is a mother of three adult children as well as a grandmother. She has been a head teacher at several Norfolk schools including Coltishall Airfield First School and Northfields First and Nursery School in Norwich.

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