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Special school staff investigated

Nyland Special School
Wiltshire police confirmed that they are investigating the allegations

A head teacher at a special needs school in Wiltshire is being investigated after allegedly failing to follow appropriate restraint methods.

Paul Sunners, head teacher at Nyland Special School in Nythe, and three members of staff have been suspended.

Police confirmed they were investigating the claims. The school teaches children aged five to 11 with behavioural and learning difficulties.

Governors said suspension was normal procedure following such allegations.

'Difficult time'

A spokeswoman for Swindon Borough Council said: "We can confirm that four members of staff have been suspended from Nylands School.

"We cannot comment further for legal reasons, as this matter is now the subject of an investigation by Wiltshire police."

The chair of governors, Rachel Tolhurst, said in a letter to parents that the local authority had received allegations that some staff were not following guidelines concerning appropriate restraint methods for children.

The letter continued: "It is important to emphasise that the suspension is a normal procedure when allegations of this type are made.

"It is not evidence of any wrong actions on their behalf.

"This is a difficult time for the school, but I have been impressed by the resolve of the staff to do their very best for the children at Nyland."

A spokesman for Wiltshire police confirmed that they had received an allegation against four members of staff from Nyland Special School, but that no arrests had been made.

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