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Arson-hit school's head departs
The damage at Avon Valley School, near Rugby
How the school looked following the fire
The head teacher of a Warwickshire school destroyed by arson last year has left after disciplinary proceedings were taken against him.

Mark Braine, head at Avon Valley in Newbold-on-Avon, near Rugby, took leave of absence in October following claims of misconduct not related to the fire.

The county council carried out an investigation into his conduct and started proceedings against him.

The council said a new head teacher would be recruited in the autumn.

School governors

Avon Valley school was gutted by fire in June last year but managed to reopen in September.

In October, Mr Braine went on leave and the council began an investigation into the allegations on behalf of the school governors.

Disciplinary proceedings against him were started following the investigation.

On Tuesday the council said the disciplinary process had been concluded and the Department for Education and Skills had been notified of the findings.

Education officer Eric Wood said: "This has been a difficult year for the school and I pay tribute to the governors for the way they have dealt with a number of difficult situations.

"Avon Valley has a bright future and with a new building being planned we can look forward to a fresh start."

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