Sunderland-born superhead’s ‘affair’ probe

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A TOP headteacher is being investigated over an alleged affair with a married colleague.

Sunderland-born Mark Stenton, 40, was hired in June to improve standards at Clarendon College and pull it out of special measures within 18 months.

But while bringing in tough new discipline rules – including a zero-tolerance policy on uniform – the divorcé is said to have started a fling with mother-of-three Angela Honeywell within weeks of taking charge at the Wiltshire centre.

Details of the alleged affair emerged after Mrs Honeywell’s husband of five years, Chris, claimed to have discovered text messages and email exchanges between the couple.

It is understood that Mrs Honeywell, 41, an admin worker, remains in a relationship with Mr Stenton.

Education chiefs have now launched an investigation into the accusations.

Councillor Alan Macrae, portfolio holder for schools at Wiltshire County Council, said: “I have now spoken with senior schools officers here and I assure you that we are taking the content of the email very seriously.

“The local authority is working with the school’s governing body to follow the email through the school’s complaints procedure.

“Until the complaint is fully investigated, I am unable to comment further.”

School governors will speak to each of the parties named in the complaint.

They have the power to ask him to accept a mentor who will advise him on conduct.

Meanwhile, Mr Stenton has vowed to focus on his job.

He said: “The complaint that has been received is being dealt with by the local authority and the school’s governing body in the appropriate manner.

“I have also been in contact with the Association of School and College Leaders, the head teachers’ union, who are providing excellent advice on how to ensure the school is protected in light of this complaint.

“My focus is to ensure that the school has a superb start to what will be a critical year.

“My private life remains exactly that and I will do all that I can to protect those who are dear to me with the support of family, friends and colleagues who know the truth of the matter.”

Born and raised on Wearside, Mr Stenton started his educational career as an English teacher in Manchester.

The “superhead” was hired after the college was put in special measures over poor teaching and attendance.

He previously boosted performance at Grange School, in Christchurch, Dorset.

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