Glemsford headteacher at centre of IT investigation quits

A HEADTEACHER at the centre of £500,000 IT leasing scam investigation has resigned due to her poor health.

Liz Steele, was suspended from Glemsford Primary School along with her IT techinician son James Loker-Steele in January by Suffolk County Council after the school was saddled with A £500,000 debt after leasing equipment, including 100 laptops, from Direct Technology Solutions, which has since gone into liquidation.

She did not attend disciplinary hearings last month on doctor’s advice after the stress of her suspension caused her health problems.

Mrs Steele, who lives in Bury St Edmunds, said: “It is not a decision I have taken lightly, I loved the job and always intended to go back to the school.

“But my health was my priority and I couldn’t see any end to the situation.” She declined to comment further on the matter on legal advice.

Staff were informed on Friday, while parents will be told when term starts on Monday.

A Suffolk County Council spokesman said: “We have received and accepted the resignation of Glemsford Primary School’s headteacher, Elizabeth Steele and are now considering our position in relation to the investigation, including whether it is in the public interest to pursue the matter further.

“We very clear that the action we have taken was necessary and proportionate, having regard to all of the information available to it. We reject any criticism from those not privy to that information.

“The school will continue to be managed by the acting headteacher until decisions relating to the long term leadership of the school have been taken.”

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