Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Head teacher on bail again in suspected fraud case

THE former headteacher of a secondary school is still being investigated on suspicion of fraud.

THE former headteacher of a secondary school is still being investigated 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.

Mr Royle, 63, was arrested at his home in Newbury in May. He answered police bail for a fourth time on Monday and has been rebailed to November 11.

He was head of Highdown for 14 years and 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.

Highdown gained academy status in 2010, shortly after being judged “outstanding” by education watchdog OFSTED.

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