Teachers cleared of wrongdoing over claims of pupils locked in cupboard

Four senior staff at Brompton-Westbook Primary School in Gillingham have been embroiled in the furore since last year after a whistle-blower and some parents said children were being locked in a cupboard-like room at the school.

Investigators have now acknowledged the school’s actions were in response to a Medway Council edict to reduce pupil exclusions.

The school, in Kings Bastion, has just been rated as “good” by Ofsted inspectors, who found consistently good and sometimes outstanding teaching at the school.

The report also praised the leadership team for establishing a culture of high expectation for pupils and teachers.

Parents Rod and Ruth Mills, Alison Lovett and Patricia Wilkins said their children were locked in an isolation room at the school and the matter was reported to police.

The police review found there was not enough evidence for a criminal investigation.

The safeguarding issues were also reported to the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), an executive agency sponsored by the Department for Education, which carried out its own investigation into the four teachers concerned.

A panel found executive head teacher Jane Heyes, acting head teacher Sue Mason, special needs coordinator Karen Price and assistant head teacher Jon Carthy had not acted with any malicious intent to cause any deliberate harm to children at the school…


This one has been rumbling on for a while and was not helped by complications over the change in status of the school during the various investigations.

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