HEAD teachers who made history when they joined forces at a Huddersfield school have been suspended.
Liam Harron and Mary Nixon have been relieved of their duties at All Saints Catholic College while an inquiry is carried out into “issues” at the Bradley Bar school.
The pair became the country’s first joint heads of a faith school in 2004.
Miss Nixon, who had been deputy head, was promoted alongside Mr Harron, who had been head for nine years.
Staff are in the dark about why they have been suspended.
And Kirklees Council refused to comment on the details of the investigation.
But a spokesman said the pair would be off duty for the foreseeable future.
He added that Kirklees “has been asked to carry out a preliminary review of some concerns raised about issues at the college’’.
He went on: “While this is progressing the head teachers will remain out of school.
“During this period an experienced executive head teacher will support and lead the college. The college will continue to operate as normal.”
Clr Jim Dodds, who is responsible for education and children’s services, said: “We are working with the Catholic Diocese of Leeds to ensure the school continues to run as normal.
“We cannot make any further comment until the inquiry is completed.”
The school, which has more than 800 pupils, is under the authority of the Catholic Church.
In 2005 – a year after the joint appointment – chairman of governors Fr Michael Hall, said it had been an easy decision.
He added: “We knew they worked together extremely effectively and complemented each other’s strengths.”
Miss Nixon said at the time: “You have to trust the other person implicitly.
“Ego just doesn’t come into it. We have to resolve things for the good of the school, so a decision has to be reached one way or the other.
“The virtue of it is although we have a different approach we have shared vision and values. Leadership is a privilege and privilege should be shared.”
The school was granted specialist status for humanities in 2006.
Its last Ofsted inspection was in the same year, when inspectors praised the joint headship.
Their report said: “All Saints Catholic College provides a satisfactory standard of education, with many good features.
“It has made good improvement since the governors made the imaginative decision to appoint two headteachers in September, 2004.
“This pairing has provided good leadership - creating a vision which staff and students clearly share, and sustaining improvements in all areas of the college's work, whilst managing some very challenging changes.”
There was nobody available to comment at the Leeds Diocese.