Monday, 17 December 2018

Headteacher cleared of fraud charges

A FORMER headteacher has been cleared of fraud and theft

A FORMER headteacher has been cleared of fraud and theft.

Tim Royle, who was the head at Highdown School and Sixth Form College in Emmer Green for 14 years, was acquitted of three counts of fraud and two charges of theft by a jury at Reading Crown Court.

After leaving the court, he said: ?I just want to thank all the former parents, students, staff, teachers and governors who have supported me over the last two years that this has all been going on for. So many people have come forward to support me.?

Mr Royle, 64, of Woolton Hill, Hampshire, had denied all the charges.

The fraud charges related to claims for almost £7,000 that he made for attending conferences and courses.

He was also accused of stealing an iMac desktop computer and a Sony video camera from the school when he retired in December 2012.

Nicholas Syfret QC, defending, told the court Mr Royle was a victim of a change in government policy in 2010 linked to the MPs? expenses scandal.

The court heard how the Mr Royle was a ?flamboyant, dynamic and charismatic? man who took Highdown from ?strength to strength? under his leadership. When he left it had an ?outstanding? rating from Ofsted.

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