Suspended head will not return to role at Southsea school

GONE Martin Castle will not return to his role as Mayville School's headteacher
GONE Martin Castle will not return to his role as Mayville School's headteacher

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A HEADTEACHER who was suspended from a private Southsea school will not be returning, the chair of trustees has confirmed.

As reported in The News last month, Martin Castle was suspended from Mayville High School pending an investigation.

The school, which charges parents up to £2,845 a term, has now confirmed that Mr Castle will not be returning to his role.

The school has not said what the investigation was in relation to but confirmed that it was nothing to do with malpractice with a child or any financial impropriety.

In a letter addressed to parents, chairman of trustees Michael Babcock said: ‘Martin Castle will not return to Mayville as headteacher and we wish him well in the future.’

The school has confirmed that former headteacher Linda Owens will return to the role for the next academic year while the recruitment process begins to appoint a new headteacher.

Mrs Owens was headteacher at the school from 1994 until 2008 and recently has been involved with Mayville as a trustee.

Mr Babcock continued: ‘This appointment has the full support of the trustees and the school management team who look forward to a positive and productive year ahead.

‘Mrs Owens will be spending as much time in the school as her current commitments permit before taking on her role as headteacher full time in September.

‘We will shortly commence the process for the recruitment of a new permanent headteacher who will lead the school for the next period of its development.

‘To ensure that we obtain the highest quality candidate we will advertise extensively so that we appoint a headteacher with the qualifications, experience and vision that we require.’

He added: ‘Looking forward, there are a number of very exciting projects planned for the future which will enhance the opportunities and facilities for our pupils and I will acquaint you with our plans very shortly.’