CASE AGAINST HEADTEACHER
in September continued to be dominated by the case of Mrs Marjorie Evans,
headteacher of St Mary's Junior School Caldicot. On 1st September she
was cleared on appeal of a charge of common assault against a ten year
old pupil at the school. It was alleged that Mrs Evans slapped the boy,
who has behavioural and learning difficulties, across the face after he
had kicked and tried to headbutt her. At Cardiff Crown Court the judge
accepted the defence case that the pupil's evidence was unreliable after
hearing that he had talked of a plot to get rid of Mrs Evans. The judge
also rejected as unreliable the evidence of another teacher at the school
who had given evidence against the headteacher.
However, police quickly confirmed that a separate inquiry into "inappropriate
handling" of pupils at the school by Mrs Evans and another teacher, Mrs
Janet Bowen, was to continue. The charges against Mrs Bowen were subsequently
dropped and her suspension from the school was lifted by the Board of
The charges against Mrs Evans have been sent to the Crown Prosecution
Service. They include allegations that she tied two pupils together with
a skipping rope, forcibly removed a boy from the library and shouted at
pupils in an inappropriate voice. The complaints are reported to have
come from other adults at the school rather than from parents or children.
It is understood that Mrs Evans will be informed of the CPS decision at
the end of October.
OFF SCHOOL GOVERNORS
In a separate development, governors at the school voted
out their Chairman, County Councillor Graham Powell. At their Annual General
Meeting they rejected him in favour of fellow Labour party member, town
councillor Robert Gibbs.
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