First details of reasons for headteacher's sacking revealed

The first details have emerged of the reasons why a primary school headteacher from Nottinghamshire was sacked five months ago.

Headteacher sacked for 'discriminatory behaviour'

The first details have emerged explaining why a primary school headteacher from Nottinghamshire was sacked five months ago.

Following a Freedom of Information request, it has been revealed that Margaret Gretton lost her job for matters including "discriminatory behaviour" and "inappropriate behaviour towards staff".

She was initially suspended from her job at Burton Joyce Primary School after a special ITV News Central investigation. Peter Bearne reports.

Education officials defend withholding information on headteacher sacking

Burton Joyce Primary Credit: ITV News Central

Education officials in Nottinghamshire have defended withholding information about why a primary school was head teacher was sacked from her job.

The county council have just revealed more details about Margaret Gretton's dismissal following a Freedom of Information request from Burton Joyce Parish Council.

Ms Gretton was sacked from Burton Joyce Primary School for five counts of gross misconduct in November. The parish council had criticised County Hall for not giving the reasons behind the decision.

John Slater Credit: ITV News Central

Today, John Slater, director of Education Standards at the county council, said:

"The Council fully recognise that the situation at Burton Joyce Primary School has been difficult and complex for all those concerned."

"However we consider it is important for the school and the local community to move forward now that the disciplinary process involving the former head teacher has been concluded."

"During the investigation and disciplinary process, it was necessary for the dissemination of information to be restricted to ensure the integrity of, and prevent prejudice to, those processes."

"Following the conclusion of those processes, Burton Joyce Parish Council raised further issues with the Council. The Council provided a comprehensive response to the majority of the issues raised and also provided some further details about the disciplinary to the Parish Council."

Mr Slater also added that the authority has been working with the new administration at the school to ensure that it continues to move forward

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Details emerge explaining sacking of Nottinghamshire headteacher

by Peter Bearne

The first details have emerged of the reasons why a primary school headteacher from Nottinghamshire was sacked five months ago.

Margaret Gretton was dismissed from her job at Burton Joyce Primary School after an 18-month investigation by the county council. She was initially suspended in November 2012 following a special investigation by ITV News Central.

ITV News Central has seen the authority's response to a Freedom of Information (FoI) request from Burton Joyce Parish Council, who had become increasingly frustrated with the lack of information about Ms Gretton's dismissal.

Steve Cluff, from Burton Joyce Parish Council Credit: ITV News Central

It reveals that County Hall upheld six out of eleven allegations about Ms Gretton and her running of the school. Five of these constituted gross misconduct. The county council said:

The allegations can broadly be categorised as discriminatory behaviour, inappropriate behaviour towards staff and failure to follow appropriate procedures

The FoI response also reveals that the county council have referred Ms Gretton's case to the teaching regulator, the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

It will now carry out its own investigation and decide whether the case should be heard by a professional conduct panel which has the power to ban teachers from the profession.

Burton Joyce Parish Council are publishing their findings in the latest edition of their parish magazine which is going out this weekend.

The school is now thriving under a new administration. This week, Ofsted published a report in which it praised the school's "outstanding" early years provision.