Suspended academies boss Denise Shepherd investigated

Chatham Grammar School for Boys
Image caption TSAT runs 10 schools, including Chatham Grammar School for Boys

The chief executive of a trust which runs 10 schools in Kent and Hampshire has been suspended pending an investigation into her conduct.

The Thinking Schools Academy Trust (TSAT) said Denise Shepherd had been suspended after it received "an allegation from an individual".

TSAT said it could not give details of the allegation for fear of prejudicing its investigation.

It added Ms Shepherd's suspension would not affect pupils' education.

The trust runs both primary and secondary schools in Strood, Chatham, Rochester and Portsmouth.

'Duty to investigate'

It said Stuart Gardner, the previous executive head of Chatham Grammar School for Boys and The Victory Academy in Chatham, had assumed the role of TSAT's director of secondary education.

He will be supported by Claire Stevens, director of primary education.

"The trust, which is duty bound to investigate any allegation, took the decision to suspend Ms Shepherd whilst it investigated the substance of the allegation," it said in a statement.

"Whilst this investigation is being undertaken we are unable to make any further comments about the detail of the allegation so as not to prejudice the outcome for either party."

The Thinking Schools Academy Trust runs:

  • All Faiths Children's Academy, Strood
  • Chatham Grammar School for Boys
  • Gordon Infant and Junior Schools, Strood
  • New Horizons Children's Academy, Chatham
  • Rochester Grammar School
  • The Victory Academy, Chatham
  • Isambard Brunel Junior School, Portsmouth
  • Newbridge Junior School, Portsmouth
  • Portsmouth Academy for Girls

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