A JURY has retired in the trial of a headteacher accused of fraudulently claiming £7,000 in expenses.
Tim Royle, 64, is charged with three counts of fraud between September 2007 and October 2010 while he was headteacher at Highdown School and Sixth Form College in Emmer Green.
He also accused of stealing a computer and a video camera when he retired in December 2012, after 14 years. He denies all the charges against him at Reading Crown Court.
Royle is alleged to have claimed bursary funds to pay for attending conferences and training courses, despite the fees being paid by the school directly.
His first claim was for £2,000 for the 2007/8 academic year, followed by £2,246 in 2009 and £2,550 in 2010. The money was paid into a business account in his name.
Royle told jury he was entitled to the money. He admitted not filling in forms properly but insisted this did not make him a criminal.
When Royle left the school in 2012 it had almost 1,400 pupils. Highdown's Ofsted rating was outstanding.
The case continues.