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Inquiry is put on hold

PUBLISHED: 13:12 12 September 2009 | UPDATED: 15:00 03 July 2010

AN inquiry over how a Gorleston school overspent its budget by up to £578,000 has been put on hold because its headteacher is still recovering from a serious accident.

AN inquiry over how a Gorleston school overspent its budget by up to £578,000 has been put on hold because its headteacher is still recovering from a serious accident.

Paul Butler, headteacher of Oriel Specialist Mathematics and Computing College, was the victim of a hit-and-run incident in February. He is recuperating from his serious injuries at his Colchester home.

Fred Corbett, the Norfolk County Council's deputy director of children's services, said: “The school's headteacher remains on sick leave following a very serious road accident.

“We are in touch with him and are monitoring his progress. But while we recognise the desire to resolve this issue, we cannot speculate about what might happen in the future.

“The council is confident the day-to-day running of the school remains in good hands. Results are improving and the staffing levels have been stabilised following the financial uncertainties of the last year.”

Chairman of governors Trevor Wainwright had previously said the overspend had resulted from a lower than expected school roll, a school reorganisation and employing supply teachers for maths and English classes.

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