Manor teachers suspended after trainee colleague is poisoned

NMAC11-3326-1  ''Mansfield Woodhouse Manor Academy
NMAC11-3326-1 ''Mansfield Woodhouse Manor Academy

A student teacher at a Mansfield Woodhouse academy was taken to hospital following a bungled April Fools joke carried out by other staff.

Sources at the Manor Academy in Park Hall Road contacted the Chad about the incident, which they claim left the trainee with burns to his throat after a substance was put in his drink.

It is understood that the three members of staff have now been suspended while the incident is investigated, although Manor has refused to comment on the incident.

One source at the school told the Chad: “It was an April Fools Day joke that went wrong. Some sort of substance was put into the teacher’s tea, but it was an accident - no-one knew the substance might be toxic.

“Three teachers are currently suspended and the student teacher had to be monitored in hospital.”

The incident is common knowledge amongst the school body, after students noticed the teachers’ absence and staff were overheard talking about it in communal spaces, one parent who asked not to be named said.

The parent added that students have been left unsettled after supply teachers were brought in to replace the suspended staff in the run-up to crucial GCSE exams.

The Chad contacted the school to comment on the issue but our request was declined, other than confirmation that the incident had taken place.

It is not known whether the student teacher has carried on at the academy following the incident but Nottinghamshire Police have said they were not aware of the incident.

It is the latest blow for the under-fire academy, which was forced back into special measures following a recent Ofsted inspection.

The latest Ofsted report, released earlier this month, shows that every area of the school inspected either required improvement or was simply inadequate.

The report reads: “This school requires special measures because it is failing to give its pupils an acceptable standard of education and the persons responsible for leading, managing or governing the school are not demonstrating the capacity to secure the necessary improvement in the school.”