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Southend headteacher cleared of fiddling exam results
3:30pm Tuesday 11th September 2012 in News
A HEADTEACHER has been cleared of any wrongdoing, after she was accused of fiddling her pupils’ exam results.
Ros Ferdinand, the former head of Porters Grange Primary School, Lancaster Gardens, Southend, was suspended in July after allegations she had falsified the school’s test results.
The move, which prompted a full investigation by governors, came just a week before Mrs Ferdinand was due to retire.
Speaking for the first time on the issue yesterday, Sam Richardson, the governing body’s chairman, confirmed Mrs Ferdinand had now been cleared of all allegations.
Mr Richardson said: “The governing body is pleased to report an independent investigation into the administration of tests and the use of pupil data at the school has found no evidence of wrongdoing.
“Mrs Ferdinand has subsequently retired, but the governors would like to place on record their thanks for all her efforts during her time at Porters Grange. “A new headteacher is now in place and we’re confident she will continue Mrs Ferdinand’s good work.”
Mrs Ferdinand’s suspension came amid a spate of similar incidents at schools across the borough.
In January, Elizabeth Baines, head at the Priory School, Southend, was placed on indefinite gardening leave following allegations of poor administration.
Mrs Baines remains on leave while the case is investigated.
Then, last month, Southend Council confirmed Andrea Woods, head of Friars Primary and Nursery School, Shoebury , had been suspended with two other members of staff.
An interim headteacher is currently in place at the school.
It is usual practice for governing bodies to suspend teachers accused of serious offences, regardless of the amount of evidence available.
Ms Richardson said suspension was the only way for the allegations against Mrs Ferdinand to be resolved fairly.
She added: “Any concerns have to be investigated and suspension is a neutral act used to enable such investigations to proceed fairly and impartially. “Additional support has been provided to the school staff during this difficult period.”
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