Former Scilly head Bryce Wilby makes formal complaint

Bryce Wilby
Image caption Bryce Wilby was suspended in May and an audit investigation was launched

A former head teacher says he is making a formal complaint after being suspended over allegations of financial irregularities which he denies.

Former Five Islands School head Bryce Wilby, 46, was suspended from his post on the Isles of Scilly in May.

The final audit report was released to Mr Wilby on 15 January 2013.

Mr Wilby said he was "questioning the way the audit was carried out" by Cornwall Council for the Isles of Scilly Council.

Following advice received from the audit commission his complaint will go to Cornwall's head of finance and to the county's external auditor.

'Legal action'

Mr Wilby said his complaints question "the process followed by the auditors" during their audit and the "actions and conduct of the Isles of Scilly Council Officers, elected members and Governors of the Five Islands School".

Ben Julian, the chair of governors, said he "couldn't comment on the report itself" but the fact Mr Wilby is complaining does "not surprise me".

In December, when it was announced only a few councillors would see the report, other members of the council reacted angrily.

Councillor Gordon Bilsborough said: "Three councillors were given that report to read, under confidentiality clause. The other councillors were not allowed to see it.

"So what they're saying is they can trust those three councillors but they can't trust the others and that is an insult."

Last week, chairman Mike Hicks said: "I need some final clarification from the lawyers but each and every councillor has signed a code of conduct.

"It's my intention they will see that report this week, if it's at all possible."

On hearing that certain council members have already seen the full report Mr Wilby said: "It is inappropriate to make any comments about the possible and unsubstantiated contents of a confidential report.

"Anyone making comments in a public forum detailing the content of the audit report exposes themselves to legal action."

Isles of Scilly council have declined to comment.

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