Schools Chief May Step into Head Storm

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Byline: MARTIN SHIPTON . Chief Reporter

ASSEMBLY Education Minister Jane Davidson may step into the row over a headteacher who castigated divorced people, single mothers and homosexuals during a school assembly.

Two weeks ago Wales on Sunday reported a call for headteacher Bill Beales to be suspended pending an investigation into his remarks to pupils and teachers at Cwmcarn High School at Cross Keys in the county borough of Caerphilly.

Our disclosure sparked a huge controversy, with Mr Beales attracting high levels of support from fundamental Christians throughout Britain but being opposed by others who thought his comments wholly unacceptable.

The Welsh Assembly Government has now issued a statement clarifying its powers to intervene in the row over Mr Beales' assembly comments.

The school has `Foundation' status, which means that although it receives its funding from Caerphilly Council, the council has no say in its management, which is the responsibility of the head and the governors.

Governors are due to discuss a letter from Caerphilly Council leader Lindsay Whittle calling for Mr Beales to be suspended.

A spokesman for the Welsh Assembly Government said: ``The Welsh Assembly Government would only have a role to play if there were a complaint in due course that the governing body had failed to properly consider the original complaint. …