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Takeover plan for school after ITV News Central investigation

Last month Burton Joyce Primary School was put into "special measures" Credit: ITV News Central

Education officials in Nottinghamshire are seeking to take over the running of a village primary school which suspended its headteacher after a special investigation by ITV Central.

It follows an inspection last month by the watchdog Ofsted, which put Burton Joyce Primary School into "special measures".

Governors at Burton Joyce Primary School suspended the headteacher Margaret Gretton last November.

The decision came 24 hours after ITV News Central broadcast a report highlighting serious allegations about the running of the school.

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Full report: Primary school headteacher suspended

Governors at a village primary school in Nottinghamshire, which is under investigation by education officials, have suspended the headteacher.

The move came 24 hours after a special report by Central Tonight into serious allegations about the running of Burton Joyce Primary School.

Headteacher Margaret Gretton has been suspended while Nottinghamshire County Council carries out its inquiries. The chair of governors also resigned at last night's meeting.

An acting headteacher has been brought in from another primary school.

Today, the local MP, Vernon Coaker, said he now hoped the local authority investigation could be concluded as quickly as possible.

Peter Bearne reports.

Nottinghamshire County Council release statement on headteacher suspension

In response to the suspension of headteacher of Burton Joyce Primary School Margaret Gretton, Nottinghamshire County Council’s service director for education standards and inclusion John Slater said:

"We have been notified that the governing body at Burton Joyce Primary School has chosen to suspend the school’s headteacher. The Council will now continue to work with the school and governors to bring a full and proper investigation to a timely conclusion.

“Phil Palmer, headteacher of Cropwell BishopPrimary School, who is also a National Leader of Education, has agreed to become acting headteacher of Burton Joyce Primary School until our investigation and any subsequent processes are completed.

“He will work closely with the governing body, ourselves and all colleagues at the school to maintain the high quality of teaching and learning which are already features of the school.

“The County Council will continue to support the school during this period.

“As the investigation is ongoing, it would be inappropriate for us to comment further at this stage.”

– John Slater, Nottinghamshire County Council

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County council confirm suspension of Burton Joyce Primary's headteacher

Nottinghamshire County Council have confirmed the suspension of Burton Joyce Primary School's headteacher Margaret Gretton.

It's after the board of Governors at the school took the decision to suspend Margaret Gretton at a meeting last night.

It follows a Central News special investigation into allegations over the running of the school.

Headteacher of Burton Joyce Primary suspended

There's been a major development at a village primary school in Nottinghamshire which is under investigation by the county council.

Central Tonight has learned that the headteacher of Burton Joyce Primary, Margaret Gretton, has been suspended while the local authority inquiries continue.

Governors took the decision at a special meeting this evening.

It comes 24 hours after a Central Tonight special investigation into allegations over the running of the school. There will be a formal announcement tomorrow morning.

Central Tonight Special Report: Burton Joyce Primary School

A special investigation by Central Tonight has uncovered serious allegations about a village school in Nottinghamshire.

It follows a number of complaints about the running of Burton Joyce Primary School from parents, teachers and governors.

Most of the concerns are about the school's plans to become an academy, but among the allegations are accusations of bullying of staff and intimidation of parents by the headteacher Margaret Gretton.

We've been told about alleged malicious behaviour towards individuals who've challenged the school.

The school has put in a bid to become an academy, but the Government has put the application on hold while the Nottinghamshire County Council carries out its own investigation.

Tomorrow the governing body is holding a special meeting to discuss the crisis.

Peter Bearne reports.