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Saundersfoot: Lack of council investigation into former headteacher questioned

COUNCILLOR JACOB WILLIAMS is looking for ‘urgent’ answers about claims that Pembrokeshire County Council denied an investigation into Helen Lester, the former headteacher of Saundersfoot CP School.

In a submission to Chairman Paul Harries for Thursday’s agenda (Dec 14), Cllr Williams said: “The Education Workforce Council’s Fitness to Practise Committee recently determined that Helen Lester, “acted with unacceptable professional misconduct” by, among other things, changing pupils’ test results in an effort to “make the school look good.”

“During the hearing it was claimed that concerns were brought to the attention of Pembrokeshire County Counil’s education department by the new headteacher, Nick Allen, ten days after he started at the school, who was told there was no need for an investigation as the headteacher in question had left.

“As a matter of urgency, under requisite powers, could the leader or cabinet member please respond to this incident, specifically addressing:

“When concerns were first brought to the education department’s attention, how these were treated, what the outcome was and if this is now being reviewed.

“Whether any efforts are being made to establish if similar practices have occurred at other schools, and to try and prevent future occurrences.”