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Investigation after teacher "taped pupils mouths shut"

Ian Bradbury, Executive Head Teacher of the Quantock Federation said: “We take all allegations concerning the well-being of our children very seriously. An incident happened yesterday which we are investigating thoroughly.

A member of staff has been suspended whilst the investigation continues. My thanks to the numerous parents who have brought this matter to my personal attention and have given their on-going support to us in this challenging situation.”

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Teacher suspended for 'taping pupils mouths shut'

Danesfield School in Williton, Somerset. Credit: Danesfield school website

A teacher in Somerset has been suspended following claims that tape was put over the mouths of several pupils.

Parents claim that a teacher at Danesfield School in Williton, Somerset, said the pupils were being too noisy.

The school said it was "thoroughly investigating" and that "a member of staff has been suspended whilst the investigation continues".

Avon and Somerset Police confirmed they have spoken to a family involved, but will be taking no futher action.

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In Devon and Cornwall as a whole, almost 60% of pupils managed five A* to C grades - that's just above the national average.

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