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Great Harwood deputy head accused of hitting pupil
10:58am Monday 18th June 2012 in News
THE deputy head teacher of a primary school has appeared before Blackburn magistrates and denied a charge of assaulting a young pupil.
Royden Anthony Cope is alleged to have held the boy by the wrists and then struck him across the face at St Bartholomew’s C of E Primary School in Great Harwood.
It is claimed that the incident happened on March 12 at the Ash Street school.
Cope, 63, of Hatfield Road, Accrington, pleaded not guilty to assaulting the boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons.
He was remanded on bail for a trial at the magistrates court, which is scheduled to take place on August 14.
According to St Bartholomew’s latest Ofsted report, 236 pupils aged from 3 to 11-years-old attend the school.
The report from July last year stated: “This is a satisfactory school where pupils are happy, behave well and are caring and considerate towards others.
“Good features are the care, guidance and support pupils receive and their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. ”