Parents of children at Roding Primary School in Woodford Green warned against speculating over absence of headteacher Graham Alderton

Graham Alderton

Graham Alderton

First published in Redbridge East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter

PARENTS at a primary school where the headteacher is currently absent for ‘personal reasons’ have been warned they could face legal action for speculating on the matter.

Graham Alderton has been absent from Roding Primary School in Roding Lane North, Woodford Green, since earlier this month.

Both Redbridge council and the school have repeatedly refused to confirm if he has been suspended.

In a letter sent home to parents on Tuesday, Terry Ward, the school’s chair of governors wrote: “Many rumours are being circulated about the reasons for Mr Alderton’s absence.

“I wish to remind parents that a defamatory statement can entitle an aggrieved party to seek legal redress.”

And he urges parents: “Show more consideration for the wellbeing of children at Roding Primary and the reputational damage misleading information can cause the school.”

Mr Ward also writes that governors are ‘uncertain’ of how long Mr Alderton will be absent.

The letter continues: “We have engaged the part-time services of an experienced executive headteacher, Jas Leverton, who has successfully led three other Redbridge schools and is currently the substantive headteacher at Cranbrook Primary school in Ilford.

“She will be supported by her colleague Helen Radmore.

“As associate headteachers they will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the school.”

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11:54am Wed 28 Nov 12

ruby newbie says...

OMG,normal,going on for years,school gate gossip against the law now is it..................
.........we are all human beings this is what we do,,,maybe the school could help with this and make a statement???????
OMG,normal,going on for years,school gate gossip against the law now is it.................. .........we are all human beings this is what we do,,,maybe the school could help with this and make a statement??????? ruby newbie
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12:07pm Wed 28 Nov 12

LakeBreeze says...

Gossip, while human, is a vile thing people ought to restrain themselves from indulging in.

Sorry, but the excercising of restraint and discretion regarding other people's personal and private situation or information seems to be a dead art these days. And that's to be mourned.

I don't know what the situation and I understand people's wish to know more just so that they feel informed if they have children at the school. But to repeat, gossip and speculation is vile and a nasty indulgence people need to examine closely in themselves.
Gossip, while human, is a vile thing people ought to restrain themselves from indulging in. Sorry, but the excercising of restraint and discretion regarding other people's personal and private situation or information seems to be a dead art these days. And that's to be mourned. I don't know what the situation and I understand people's wish to know more just so that they feel informed if they have children at the school. But to repeat, gossip and speculation is vile and a nasty indulgence people need to examine closely in themselves. LakeBreeze
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12:24pm Wed 28 Nov 12

NDevoto says...

Well there were a number of ill advised comments for the previous report on this site which were removed by site moderators and they are asking for trouble allowing comments for this as well. Curiosity is natural but this is a very public forum not the garden fence and if the children's education is not being affected then just let the legal/official process take its course.
Well there were a number of ill advised comments for the previous report on this site which were removed by site moderators and they are asking for trouble allowing comments for this as well. Curiosity is natural but this is a very public forum not the garden fence and if the children's education is not being affected then just let the legal/official process take its course. NDevoto
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9:34am Fri 30 Nov 12

myopinioncounts says...

Whatever the reason I hope it will not drag out for months before a resolution is found. A school in a neighbouring borough was blighted by the long term absence (and eventual resignation) of the Head.
Whatever the reason I hope it will not drag out for months before a resolution is found. A school in a neighbouring borough was blighted by the long term absence (and eventual resignation) of the Head. myopinioncounts
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