Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Ex-school head arrested in cash inquiry

THE former headteacher of a secondary school has been arrested on suspicion of fraud.

THE former headteacher of a secondary school has been arrested on suspicion of fraud.

Tim Royle, who left Highdown School and Sixth Form Centre in Emmer Green last year, is accused of abusing his position with regard to school finances.

Thames Valley Police says the alleged offences happened between 2009 and 2013. It has been reported that a member of the public tipped off the force.

The 63-year-old was arrested at his home in Newbury a month ago. He answered police bail on Tuesday last week and was bailed again until June 30.

Crispin Fairbairn, the school’s chairman of governors, and headteacher Rachel Cave have said they are co-operating with the police investigation.

They have declined to comment further, saying it would be “inappropriate”.

Mr Royle was head of Highdown for 14 years. He left in December to pursue a part-time career as an education consultant.

In 2006 he was appointed a national leader in education, advising both Gordon Brown and David Cameron’s governments on education policy.

The school gained academy status in 2010, shortly after being judged “outstanding” by Ofsted.

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