Headteacher of Kensal Rise Primary School suspended following probe by Brent Council

Whistleblowing teacher had claimed school misspent funds allocated for children with special needs

The headmistress of a primary school where a whistleblowing teacher claimed funds intended for children with special needs had been misspent was suspended today (Monday).

Joyce Page was removed from her role at Kensal Rise Primary School in Harvist Road, Kensal Rise, at 3.15pm.

In July 2010, a member of staff told the Times that the school had allegedly received thousands of pounds in order to pay for Learning Support Assistants that did not exist.

In addition, the teacher also claimed that children with severe language difficulties were being taught in mainstream classes with no additional support.

A spokesman for Brent Council told the Times the suspension is a result of an investigation by Brent Council’s Audit and Investigation team into alleged breaches of financial regulations.

He added: “This is a neutral act and should not be seen as pre-judgement of the issues by the council. Nor does it imply any guilt or wilful misconduct on the part of the suspended employee.

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“The council is unable to comment on the details of the allegations or on what, if any, action may need to be taken in the future. It would be inappropriate to do so until disciplinary action has been completed.

“Staff, parents and carers are being informed of the actions the council is taking.

“An acting head teacher has been appointed and will ensure that the wellbeing and education of pupils is not affected in any way.”

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