School Report Unlikely Before Start Of New Term

The Five Islands School

The final report into the suspension of the Five Islands School head teacher, Bryce Wilby, won’t be completed until the next school term starts.

Chairman of the islands’ council, Mike Hicks, says he hopes that the work by Cornwall Council’s auditors will show that the Town Hall has acted properly.

Speaking about the allegations that led to Bryce Wilby’s suspension, Mike said, “we did say there were financial irregularities and it would be nice if we could publish elements of that which would prove the council were right.”

Last month Mike said he wanted the final report to be made available publicly.

But director of finance Peter Lawrence-Roberts says he may need to check with lawyers what can be released, “in the context of the law and data protection.”

And Mike agrees with that.

When the report is finished, Peter says he’ll discuss its release with the chairman of the school governors and the council chairman, but Mike believes council members should see it first and, “have the last say” on what is made public. He says that the community deserves to see, “the meat of the statement” although he says it’ll need to be “trimmed a bit” if there are implications for certain individuals, he says.

Whilst the final report may not be released in entirety or even at all, Peter Lawrence-Roberts says the head teacher will be able to view any section that it is appropriate and which relates to him.

The investigating team continued questioning staff and governors last week but need to talk with Bryce before they finish, and he’s unavailable until September 6th when his union rep returns from holiday.

Bryce says he can’t comment whilst he is still employed by the LEA but says his first interview will be with Radio Scilly when he is legally allowed to talk.


6 Responses to School Report Unlikely Before Start Of New Term

  1. Gordon Bilsborough August 22, 2012 at 10:26 am

    I wish some of your correspondents would have the guts to identify themselves. What are they scared of? Is it the so-called “climate of fear?”
    Gordon Bilsborough

  2. scillynews August 22, 2012 at 6:58 am

    It’s good to see the Chairperson of the council declare his support for the members to actually have a say in what happens to a report produced by their executive, but why is all the public information coming through the Director of finance. Surely it is the role of the Director of community services to liaise with the community about issues that happen within her department.

    While we wait patiently for this report to enlighten us about the Wilby Affair, it is slightly worrying to find that parts of it may be redacted in the interests of individuals. This hardly seems transparent and while there may be good reason for such censorship to protect innocent parties, we trust that there will be no need for a report into this report to ascertain if it is indeed an honest and factual account, carried out in a proper and legal manner, into a situation that continues to carry serious implications for the future management of our community’s school.

  3. JonM August 21, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    He’s probably working out his notice period – normally 3 months for someone in that senior a position isn’t it? So technically, he’s still working for the Council. Be interesting what happens when his notice period ends and he’s free to talk…

  4. Mark August 21, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    Could it be that he submitted his resignation but the LEA didn’t accept it ?
    Perhaps a rep of Radio Scilly could pose this question to the IOS Council ?

  5. Stuart August 21, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    So the council want to stop us from seeing the parts of the report that don’t show the council in a good light.
    Have they not heard of freedom of information requests.
    Besides how do we know the investigation was carried out properly.

  6. Simon August 21, 2012 at 10:09 am

    In terms of the last paragraph, how can he be employed by the LEA if he resigned weeks ago?