Gus John, Hackney Council's education director, said a preliminary investigation led him to believe there was prima facie evidence of gross misconduct. But governors of Kingsmead Primary, east London, voted against immediate suspension at an emergency meeting. Mr John has threatened legal action, claiming the governors decision raises serious questions about who runs the school. But last night parents said Ms Brown, 36, had their support.
Before the meeting, Mr John said he was concerned about Ms Brown's professional judgement and allegations of irregularities in her promotion to headteacher. It is claimed Nicki Thorogood, Ms Brown's close friend and flatmate, was chair of governors when the appointment was made.Reuse content