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Headteacher sacked for gross misconduct

Margaret Gretton Credit: ITV News Central

The headteacher of a village primary school in Nottinghamshire, who was suspended after an ITV Central investigation, has been sacked for gross misconduct.

Margaret Gretton, who took charge of Burton Joyce Primary in 2008, was dismissed after a disciplinary hearing at County Hall. She withdrew an appeal against the decision on legal advice. It is very rare that a headteacher receives the sack.

Miss Gretton was suspended in November 2012, just 24 hours after an ITV Central report into allegations that she bullied and intimidated staff and parents. There followed a lengthy investigation by Nottinghamshire County Council which culminated in disciplinary proceedings.

During the hearing, she faced six counts of gross misconduct. A source has also told ITV Central that it covered 50 issues, including matters relating to her time in charge of other schools.

Burton Joyce Primary School today sent out letters to parents informing them of the decision. The acting executive head teacher Philip Palmer said, "We hope this now draws a line under the recent past and we are looking forward to the future."