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Haverhill Samuel Ward Academy senior teachers Pat Stalker, Andrew Prestoe and Howard Lay accused of being involved in exam malpractice




Three senior teachers who allegedly 'caused or allowed or required' exam malpractice and are accused of being involved in annual census discrepancies were today appearing before a professional conduct panel.

Pat Stalker, Andrew Prestoe and Howard Lay are alleged to have overseen the 'unacceptable' professional conduct collectively while at Samuel Ward Academy, in Haverhill.

The school was then part of the Samuel Ward Trust, now named the Unity Schools Partnership.

Andy Prestoe and Howard Lay pictured at the opening of Sybil Andrews Academy at its new building, in Rougham Tower Avenue, Bury St Edmunds, in November 2016. Picture: Mecha Morton
Andy Prestoe and Howard Lay pictured at the opening of Sybil Andrews Academy at its new building, in Rougham Tower Avenue, Bury St Edmunds, in November 2016. Picture: Mecha Morton

The professional conduct panel hearing, which started earlier today, is due to finish next Friday and is being held at Cheylesmore House, in Coventry.

A number of witnesses are expected to give evidence over the next two weeks.

Among the allegations, Mr Prestoe is said to have failed to have 'adequate regard for the need to safeguard pupils' well-being'.

Mr Prestoe left Samuel Ward Academy to become principal of Sybil Andrews Academy in Bury St Edmunds, which opened in September 2016 on the site of the former St James Middle School and moved to a purpose-built school in Rougham Tower Avenue, a few months later .

He left suddenly in February 2018.

They are all accused of having submitted or allowed or caused others to submit data in connection with their school's annual census that they knew or should have known to be incomplete and/or which failed to give a true picture of the school's performance.

A spokesman for the Unity Schools Partnership said the trust was unable to comment on the hearing until it had concluded.

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