Head Teacher’s Wife Unhappy With Interview Conditions

Maria Wilby

The wife of the former Five Islands School head teacher is unhappy with the conditions Cornwall auditors are placing on their meeting with Bryce Wilby.

The Diocese’s offer of premises for the interview on Friday has been declined in favour of Cornwall Council’s own offices in Wadebridge.

Maria Wilby says she’s pleased that the meeting is happening but would have preferred to meet on ‘neutral ground.’ She says she has doubts about how the audit has been carried out, particularly following the closure then reopening of the investigation before Mr WIlby had a chance to put his side of the case.

Maria says she is also unhappy that the auditors have written to say that Diocese Director of Education, Sue Green, won’t be allowed to attend. Maria wanted her there as a neutral observer. A letter from the auditors states that the governors and their client, the Council, don’t feel that would be appropriate.

Last night Council Chairman Mike Hicks said he wasn’t aware of it and didn’t feel they had “any sway” over Sue Green’s attendance.

Bryce will be quizzed over travel, accommodation, supplies and services, the solar panels, and a special payment to the former chair of governors.

Inappropriate images allegedly found on his laptop are also on the agenda. Maria feels that is odd because Bryce was suspended on financial allegations, but she says he has answers that cast serious doubt on those allegations.

The email from the auditors also states that that they will not be discussing process, actions of the Isles of Scilly Council, its Officers, Members or those of the school’s governing body within the meeting.


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