The headteacher of a Welsh primary school is still suspended a year after she was relieved of her duties.

Catherine Lloyd-Jenkins was suspended last summer from her role as the head of Ysgol Gymraeg Ffwrnes in Llanelli.

Carmarthenshire Council confirmed the news on August 8 last year.

The exact reasons for her suspension were not revealed, but the council said it was a matter wholly for the school itself and its governing body.

A year on, Mrs Lloyd-Jenkins, who has been employed at the school for 24 years in total, is still listed as headteacher on the school website, although there is no accompanying portrait photo of her.

Catherine Lloyd-Jenkins' name still features on the school's website, but her picture does not

Despite being listed on the website, she has not returned to her position in over a year and the role is instead being filled by Steffan Jones, who is currently acting head despite also being the headteacher of another Carmarthenshire primary school in Trimsaran.

Ysgol Gymraeg Ffwrnes’s board of governors is in charge of the investigation into Mrs Lloyd-Jenkins, but they have not revealed a timescale on that investigation, or whether it is likely that she will return to her former role.

A spokesman for the governing body of the school said: “Interim arrangements are in place and working well whilst the governing body deals with issues relating to the suspension of the headteacher.

“Day to day running of the school continues as normal, under the guidance of the interim headteacher.

“School staffing, and any decisions taken such as suspensions, are a private matter for the governing body. As such we are unable to make any further comment.”

When pushed on the matter, Carmarthenshire Council refused to confirm whether or not Mrs Lloyd-Jenkins was still employed by the authority, or whether she was still being paid, saying that the issue was one entirely for the school to deal with. 

Regarding the situation, Carmarthenshire councillor Rob James said in August, 2019, when the suspension was confirmed, that  “serious concerns” had been raised about Ysgol Gymraeg Ffwrnes by parents and local residents.

An Estyn report published earlier in 2019 - after a visit to Ysgol Gymraeg Ffwrnes in December, 2018 - detailed how the school was “is in need of significant improvement”. The report also detailed how a number of new school governors had been appointed since the inspection.