Councillor Unhappy Over School Report Secrecy

Cllr Gordon Bilsborough

Councillor Gordon Bilsborough says he’s unhappy that fellow councillors are not in the loop over the Cornwall Council auditors’ investigation into the Five Islands School.

Last night, the Town Hall issued a press release saying they couldn’t say anything at this stage because of legal restrictions. Cllr Bilsborough spoke with Council chairman Mike Hicks yesterday to request that all members receive the report into events that led to the suspension of former head teacher Bryce Wilby and have a chance to discuss it.

There are concerns that individuals unhappy with how they are portrayed in the report could take legal action.

Gordon says if blame is apportioned, he doesn’t want names of those individuals to be redacted or blacked out. He said, “nobody must hide.”

He says that if that any current or former Council or school employees have done anything wrong or acted beyond their role, he’ll encourage Councillors to back publishing the whole report, even if lawyers try and dissuade them.

Radio Scilly understands that the police could be involved with the report although Cllr Hicks wouldn’t comment on that when questioned last night.

Radio Scilly sources tells us that a forensic investigation is underway and it’s related to a computer. There have already been investigations into inappropriate, but not illegal, images allegedly found on the former head’s laptop.

Bryce Wilby has always denied that he put them there and says the machine was often left unattended with the password on a post-it note attached.

He says he’s answered every question about the laptop raised during his interview with auditors in October. Last night Mr Wilby told us that he hasn’t seen the report and has been told he won’t see it, so he cannot comment further.


8 Responses to Councillor Unhappy Over School Report Secrecy

  1. Pat December 8, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Very interesting Truan .. I think we will find out what /how.and why over time,
    like a lot of other things that have happened over the years
    the truth will come out.

  2. Truan December 5, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Seems likely that the information may be exempt under the Freedom of Information Act

    In any case, even if not explicitly exempt, there would be Data Protection Act issues (the FoIA does not automatically override the DPA).

    There is also a question of how the ‘public interest’ is best served, it is possible that *not* releasing the information is in the public interest, because releasing it may prejudice any future legal action that may better serve the public interest.

    • Todd Stevens December 5, 2012 at 8:33 pm

      Interesting. Thanks.

  3. Todd Stevens December 4, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Too right Gordon. It should be exactly the opposite- End this saga now- NAME and SHAME.

  4. ISLANDER December 4, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Oh hang on!! i forgot some people don’t like or think we should be discussing these things in public… they don’t think its good for the community?.. May i say to some, you should not believe everything you hear… and you need to listen to both sides of these sorry saga’s , before you decide where you stand….
    some people have been very quick to judge others…
    but hopefully the truth will come out in the end..
    THERE have been issues in these islands and some people have not helped the victims…… time to pull your heads out from your backsides,
    Make as much of this report and everything else as public as possible coulcilors. you owe the community/ Goverors that much…

  5. Doughnut Jimmy December 4, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    I have to agree with Cllr. Bilsborough on this one. If there is evidence of wrong doing then there should be nowhere to hide. It would appear that the purpose of this audit has never been clearly defined or explained to concerned tax payers such as myself and Mr Nobbs. When will those who instigated this process explain what they hoped to find and following that, what they have in fact found out. Are their skeletons in the closet?

  6. islander December 4, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    Good on you Gordon..
    There has been to many accusations, and now the public need answers !!!
    We deserve to hear the truth…

  7. Nobby Nobbs December 4, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    It does make you wonder.
    The Council spends public money on a report but then refuses to let anyone see the report including other councillors.
    That’s my money your using, either let me see the report (in full) or give me a pro-rata council tax rebate.

    Well done Gordon, keep asking the awkward questions.