A POPULAR headteacher from a Merseyside school was suspended from her job.
Pauline Roberts (pictured below), who has been head at Ridgeway High in Noctorum for four years, and another unnamed teacher have been told to stay at home.
The shock move comes just a few months after the school was celebrating being just one of 10 in the Mersey area to be included in a £2.4bn “priority” scheme for rebuilding.
Ridgeway had seen results shoot up since 2008 and it was recently judged as “outstanding” by Ofsted
It is also just three years ago a campaign by parents stopped it being amalgamated into Birkenhead’s new academy with Park high and Rock Ferry high schools.
In a statement released through Wirral Council the school said that pending further investigations Tony Taylor, who is currently deputy headteacher at the school, will now act as headteacher.
Chairwoman of board of governors Jane Gordon said: ‘Tony Taylor has worked at the school for 10 years and we would like to thank him for stepping in during this time.”
Ms Gordon said: “We would like to stress that suspension is a neutral act which allows an investigation to take place, and add that we look forward to resolving this matter to the satisfaction of all concerned.
“We would also like to reassure pupils, parents and staff that it will be business as usual at Ridgeway, and that staff and governors are working together to ensure that the children continue to work in a happy and supportive atmosphere.
“We continue to have the pupils’ welfare and best interests at heart.
“We look forward to welcoming everyone to the new school term in September.”
Earlier this year the school was among just 100 in the country to be sent a personal letter from schools minister Nick Gibb MP, in recognition of its GCSE improvements since 2008.
At the time Ms Roberts said part of its achievement resulted from new approaches to the very basics of teaching, which had included “master classes” and even residential courses.
Ms Roberts had been working for 28 years as a teacher, inspector and ultimately a schools “trouble-shooter” in London, before taking the job at Ridgeway when she moved back to Wirral.