THE headteacher of a private school has been suspended as an investigation is carried out into his conduct.
Parents of pupils at Southsea’s Mayville High School have all been told by letter that an investigation is under way.
Headteacher Martin Castle will not work at the school, which charges parents up to £2,845 a term, while it is carried out.
The school would not say what the investigation was looking into.
But the chairman of trustees, Michael Babcock, moved to reassure parents that it did not involve any inappropriate conduct with a pupil or pupils at the school.
Mr Babcock said: ‘The headmaster has been suspended pending an investigation.
‘Because it is ongoing no further statement or details can be released.
‘But we can confirm it doesn’t relate to malpractice with a child or financial impropriety.
‘It’s nothing to do with a child and nothing to do with finances. It’s something that will be dealt with.
‘Every parent has had a letter explaining the situation.
‘So we would hope that rumours can be quashed fairly quickly because they are not true at all.’
Mr Babcock said he was worried about rumours circulating among parents which speculated about the nature of the allegations against Mr Castle.
Mr Babcock added: ‘I feel very concerned because the headteacher’s reputation shouldn’t be slandered by this sort of rumour.
‘It’s completely and utterly untrue and absolutely nothing to do with the investigation at all.
‘I can’t tell anyone what it’s about.
‘There is nothing more I can say.’
The school has also confirmed that a member of staff from the school’s nursery has resigned from their position.