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Shake-up at school after head suspended

FINANCIAL procedures have been tightened up at a Sheffield school after an investigation which led to the resignation of its headteacher.

Steve Burnage was suspended from Handsworth Grange School during the summer term last year and resigned in early November.

At the same time the school's director of support services – or bursar – quit after earlier being suspended.

An acting head has been in charge and a search is under way for a permanent replacement.

A council spokeswoman said the investigation into the situation had now been completed.

She said: "The council investigated financial recording systems at Handsworth Grange School at the end of last year because the records maintained by the school were incomplete.

"The investigation has been completed and, although no monetary losses were identified, both the council and the school felt it appropriate that improvements to the school's financial procedures were made to reassure parents."

A change to the chair of governors during the autumn term was entirely unrelated to the resignations or investigation, the spokeswoman added.

She said: "The former chair of governors was elected for a three-year term and that term came to an end in October 2007. The former chair then took on a new role as a community governor at the school and a new chair of governors was elected."

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