Headteacher in dismissal appeal

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A headteacher at a top Lancashire school is understood to be appealing a decision to dismiss him.

Darren Hugill was suspended from his role at Archbishop Temple School in Fulwood, Preston, two years ago, after complaints were made to the board of governors.

It is understood Mr Hugill was dismissed towards the end of last year but is now appealing the decision with the board of governors.

Parents were informed of Mr Hugill’s suspension in March 2010 by a letter from the board, who stressed the matter was not related to pupils.

The letter from Janice Astley, chairman of the school governors, said: “Mr Hugill will be absent from school for the foreseeable future.

“I would like to reassure parents that his absence is in no way related to any matter of safeguarding or child protection. I would wish to reassure you that Mr Hugill’s absence will not affect the smooth running of the school.”

A new associate headteacher has since been appointed by the board of governors. Mr Hugill served as head at Archbishop Temple for around five years.

He was one of 75 headteachers to be selected for a prestigious role, supporting schools in challenging circumstances.

Archbishop Temple, a voluntary-aided Church of England school, has topped the Preston schools’ league table and is rated one of the UK’s top comprehensives.

Fred Kershaw, acting director of education at the Blackburn Diocese, declined to comment on Mr Hugill’s appeal and referred enquiries to Mrs Astley at the board of governors.

Mrs Astley did not wish to comment on the matter. Lancashire County Council also declined to comment.