Headteacher returns to primary school after being cleared of misconduct

A protest was held outside of Seascape Primary School in Peterlee.
A protest was held outside of Seascape Primary School in Peterlee.

A primary school headteacher has returned to work after being cleared of any misconduct.

Melanie Hudson, headteacher of Seascape Primary School in Peterlee, was suspended along with Darren Hobson, businesses manager at the school, pending an investigation.

They were believed to have been absent from the school since the Easter holidays, while the investigation into a concern related to school administration was conducted.

But Durham County Council has confirmed that the investigation found that there was insufficient evidence for anything to come out in relation to the headteacher’s conduct.

Julien Kramer, head of education at Durham County Council, said: “The headteacher resumed normal school duties.

“It is our first priority that Seascape Primary continues to serve its local community well, and we will work with the school staff and governors to ensure this.”

A Durham County Council spokesman said that the investigation into Mr Hobson is ongoing and he is still suspended while it continues.

During the suspension of the two senior members of staff Durham County Council stressed that a suspension is normal practice while an investigation takes place and that it does not infer any wrongdoing.

Seascape Primary School said they did not want to comment.

The Ofsted report into the Ellison Road school was published in January this year.

Inspectors said the leadership, quality of teaching and outcomes for pupils all require improvements.

However, they said personal development, behaviour and welfare of children is good, as is the early years provision.

The report said: “This is a school that requires improvement.

“Outcomes in mathematics are below average across the school.

“Results show that pupils’ progress rates in mathematics by the end of Year 6 were among the lowest nationally.

“The most able pupils do not reach their full potential, particularly in mathematics, because work set for them is too easy.”

Inspectors said attendance is low, a significant proportion of this is due to unauthorised holidays taken during term time, and exclusions are high in the additional resourced mainstream base.

They said: “Leaders have had to accommodate a significant number of staffing changes, and because of this the quality of teaching remains variable.”

But, inspectors said the strengths of the school are that leaders and staff are determined that the school should improve and all are committed to the welfare and care of the pupils.

Also, children make good progress from low starting points in the early years and almost all pupils are well behaved, polite, respectful and willing to learn.