Mystery as headteacher and staff suspended

A HEADTEACHER and two members of his staff at a troubled Suffolk school have been suspended today while allegations against them are investigated.

A HEADTEACHER and two members of his staff at a troubled Suffolk school have been suspended today while allegations against them are investigated.

Mystery today surrounds the future of Peter Tomkins, head of the 830-student Orwell High in Felixstowe, where staff and children are in shock at the sudden nature of the suspensions.

No details have been released about the inquiry at Orwell High, in Maidstone Road - and officials are being tight-lipped about what was behind the decision.

Last month Felixstowe's biggest school, which shares a sixth form with nearby Deben, was revealed as being among the bottom 200 schools in the country in the latest exam league tables.


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Only 25 per cent of Orwell candidates gained five A* to C grades, including English and Maths, in their GCSEs last summer.

Mr Tomkins, 43, who is married with two children, took over as head at Orwell High in 2004, pledging to make school life exciting for his new students.

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