Two teachers from Tring School’s music department have been suspended from school indefinitely.
The information came to light in an official letter issued by headteacher Sue Collings last week.
In separate correspondence addressed to both staff and parents, Ms Collings said that both teachers would not be in school for a period of time – though the reasons why were not stated.
Instead she assured parents that temporary staff had been found for GCSE and post 16 students, causing minimum disruption to their learning.
Peripatetic lessons will also continue with the help of the Hertfordshire Music Service.
The school’s chair of governors Janis Donald is aware of the situation, but declined to comment when contacted by the Gazette.
In a statement to the Gazette, Ms Collings – who has held the position of head at the school, which was rated ‘good with some outstanding aspects’ by Ofsted inspectors earlier this year, for more than two years – said: “I cannot share with you any information about individual members of staff, but what I can share is that we have the best interests of our students at the heart of all of our decisions.”
She could not confirm the names of the two teachers in question.
The music department is well-known for its vibrant extra-curricular programme, including trips to Swanage, Bournemouth and even to Texas in the USA.
The letter’s conclusion saw Ms Collings advising parents and staff not to contact the two teachers in question, and to ignore any correspondence from them before reporting it to the school.
At the time of going to press, the department’s website www.tringschoolmusic.co.uk had a short explanation stating that the Music At Tring School committee would be ‘pulling together’ to make the best of ‘this difficult and unwelcome situation.’
It promised that it would be continuing to provide as many of the extra-curricular music groups as possible on an ‘emergency timetable’.