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Headteacher suspended over management claims

A LONG-serving Sheffield secondary headteacher has been suspended from his duties over allegations related to his management of the school.

Bob Evans has been in charge of King Ecgbert School in Dore since the early 1990s and is one of the city's most experienced principals.

Letters have been sent out to parents from chair of governors Ian Hewson explaining that Mr Evans is no longer in charge at the school.

Dr Sonia Sharp, executive director of Children and Young People's Services at the city council, said: "We can confirm the headteacher has been suspended from duty at King Ecgbert School over management related issues. This is standard practice to allow an investigation to take place. As an investigation is now underway we are unable to disclose the nature of the investigation or comment further."

Senior deputy headteacher Tim Eldridge is now in place as the school's acting head.

When contacted at his home in the Newcastle area, Mr Evans said he had been told not to comment on the matter.

His union the Association of School and College Leaders also refused to comment.

Mr Evans has been a high profile headteacher and has sometimes had controversial views on educational issues.

He was originally a maths teacher and continued to find time to teach the subject on a regular basis despite his managerial duties. In the mid-1990s he succeeded in gaining for King Ecgbert Technology College status, breaking ranks with other secondaries in the city who feared such a move might prove divisive.

In 2005 he oversaw the school's move into a new building on a single site.

And in 2007 Mr Evans hailed a 'golden age' for the school as King Ecgbert was praised as one of the top 20 improved secondaries in the country.

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