Hatfield headteacher at centre of probe resigns

A HEADTEACHER has resigned from a school following an investigation into her professional conduct.

Samantha Eckland and year six teacher Lindsey White have been under investigation by Birchwood Avenue Primary School’s governing body and Hertfordshire County Council since March.

In a letter to parents seen by the Welwyn Hatfield Times, chair of governors Kate Wright this week told parents Mrs Eckland would not be returning to the school.

Mrs Wright said: “Mrs Eckland felt this action would help bring to a close the uncertainty for all concerned with the investigation.”

She added: “With regards to Lindsey White I still have no further news to give you, but as soon as there are any developments I will of course let you know.”

Martin Tuck will continue as executive headteacher until the end of summer term while a permanent replacement is sought.

When approached by the Welwyn Hatfield Times back in March, Mrs Wright confirmed the investigation was not a child protection issue.

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A county council spokeswoman said: “We can confirm that for personal reasons the headteacher of Birchwood Avenue Primary School has resigned her position.”