Staff arrested on suspicion of assault
By Western Daily Press | Wednesday, October 09, 2013, 05:00
The head teacher of one of the West's top special needs schools has been arrested along with two colleagues on suspicion of an assault which left a pupil in hospital.
Trystan Williams, the head of Springfields School in Wiltshire, has been suspended – but with the "full support" of his school's governors, after the incident, which took place last week.
Three members of staff – a 46-year-old woman from Chippenham, a 38-year-old man from Melksham and Mr Williams, a 42-year-old from Calne – were arrested and questioned by police following an incident at the school.
A pupil was taken to the Great Western Hospital in Swindon suffering from stomach pains.
He was later transferred to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.
Springfield Academy is one of the West's top special needs school, offering a place for children with complex social and learning difficulties, with boarding facilities for as many as 100 young people.
A spokesman for Wiltshire police said: "We can confirm we are currently investigating an incident at the school that resulted in a pupil receiving a serious injury.
"Three people were arrested on suspicion of GBH in connection with this matter. Two have been subsequently released with no further action and a third, a 42-year-old man from Calne, was released on police bail pending further inquiries," she added.
A statement from the chair of governors of the academy school, Ninna Gibson, said Mr Williams "continues to enjoy the full support of the governors".
"We stress that his absence should not be interpreted as an indication of wrongdoing, breach of duty or failure to uphold good practice," she said.
The suspension means Mr Williams has not been able to join a trip to the Himalayas – three of his pupils are involved in an expedition to Mount Everest.