Head arrested for suspected assault of pupil at special needs academy

The principal of a school for children with special needs has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm after a pupil suffered a serious injury. This is from the Guardian

Trystan Williams, head of the Springfields Academy in Calne, Wiltshire, has been suspended while detectives investigate.

Ninna Gibson, chair of the governors, said it was a “difficult time” for the school, which is rated outstanding by Ofsted. She said: “A pupil sustained an injury during an incident. The principal was involved. As the matter is being investigated by the relevant authorities Mr Williams will not be performing his duties until further notice.”

Gibson said the head continued to have the full support of the governors and that his absence should not be interpreted as an indication of wrongdoing. She added that the school’s teachers were “highly trained and skilful in boosting learning chances for students with complex needs”.

Williams, 42, was one of three staff members who were arrested following the incident. The pupil was taken to the Great Western hospital in Swindon and later moved to the John Radcliffe hospital in Oxford.

A Wiltshire police spokesman said: “We can confirm we are currently investigating an incident at the school that resulted in a pupil receiving a serious injury. Three people were arrested on suspicion of GBH in connection with this matter.

“Two have been subsequently released with no further action and a third, a 42-year-old man from Calne, was released on police bail pending further inquiries.”…

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