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Ysgol Maesydre head stands down following suspension

Ysgol Maesydre in Welshpool
Image caption Estyn inspectors found standards at Ysgol Maesydre in Welshpool were 'unsatisfactory'

A head teacher at a Powys primary school is standing down after being suspended twice this year.

Susanne Foster has been head of Ysgol Maesydre in Welshpool since 2008 and is leaving her post on 31 December.

She has been suspended since October following a poor Estyn report, but Powys council said she had sent the school her best wishes for the future.

She was first suspended on 31 January in relation to a separate issue, but was reinstated at the end of February.

The nature of the allegations were not made public.

Powys council said in February that Mrs Foster's first suspension was lifted after an investigation by its officials and police.

The school was placed in special measures after the Estyn report in May.

Acting head teacher

A Powys council spokesman said: "Following the Estyn report of May 2011, the governors have to announce that Mrs Susanne Foster, head teacher since 1, April 2008, has decided to leave Maesydre School with effect from 31 December 2011.

"Mrs Foster sends children, staff and parents her best wishes for the future, and governors wish Mrs Foster all the best for her future."

The council said Lynnette Lovell would continue as acting head teacher at the school until next Easter.

The school has 191 pupils, who are taught in Welsh and English.

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