Pupil, 12, in arson arrest after fire in Trowbridge school toilet block

This Is Wiltshire: The fire started in a cubicle of the science department's boys' toilets The fire started in a cubicle of the science department's boys' toilets

A Trowbridge schoolboy was arrested on suspicion of arson after a fire destroyed a toilet block at Clarendon Academy yesterday.

Wiltshire Police is currently investigating the incident which happened at noon in the science department’s boys’ toilets and resulted in the 12-year-old pupil being arrested.

The fire service is looking into the cause but it is believed that the blaze was intentionally started in a cubicle.

Headteacher Mark Stenton said: “The matter is currently being dealt with by the police and it wouldn’t be appropriate for me to comment on it.

"The lad is someone that needs a lot of support and we’ll make sure he gets it. I’m aware of how the fire started but I don’t want to speak about it while the incident is being investigated.

“The main thing is all of our children were safe, the incident was dealt with quickly and everyone was back in lessons after 20 minutes.

"I’m pleased with how our site management handled the situation and I’m thankful to the fire service for their quick response.”

When the two fire crews from Trowbridge Fire Station arrived, at the Frome Road school, all children and staff had been evacuated to a field at the rear of the grounds.

Acting watch manager Matthew Skyme, who attended the fire, said: “Due to all the plastic and the manmade materials in there we encountered a lot of thick black smoke which hindered us a bit as we couldn’t see too much.

“The fire was contained to the boys’ toilets. The smoke was jet black and it has destroyed the area and some of the smoke also spread into the corridor. The fire investigation officer called the police as the cause looked fairly suspect.

“Thankfully, the school’s evacuation procedure was followed and nobody was hurt.”

The boy was held in custody at Melksham Police Station on Wednesday.

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11:05am Thu 27 Mar 14

WiltsCanary1972 says...

What a brilliant response from the headteacher - I know he did himself no favours when he first started there but this kind of comments is so good to read in supporting the child in question.
What a brilliant response from the headteacher - I know he did himself no favours when he first started there but this kind of comments is so good to read in supporting the child in question. WiltsCanary1972
  • Score: 7

9:55am Fri 28 Mar 14

FU___WT says...

WiltsCanary1972 wrote:
What a brilliant response from the headteacher - I know he did himself no favours when he first started there but this kind of comments is so good to read in supporting the child in question.
"Did himself no favours", surely the understatement of the decade. Let's just recap: alleged criminal damage to a front door, sending an offensive text to a minor, carrying on an affair with a married subordinate and alleged harassment of her, attempting to exclude and censor the press from the subsequent industrial tribunal ..... and those are just the facts I can remember. Children learn by example - as Jack Marsh, a well-respected ex-teacher at John of Gaunt wrote in a letter printed in the WT some time ago - how can this head teacher possibly have retained his position? And with a salary and part of his pension funded by the taxpayer remember. "A school with outstanding leadership", "The dynamic and visionary leadership of this head teacher .... has transformed this school", "Aspire to excellence". It just beggars belief, so it comes as no surprise that he is now acting as an apologist for an alleged juvenile fire starter.
[quote][p][bold]WiltsCanary1972[/bold] wrote: What a brilliant response from the headteacher - I know he did himself no favours when he first started there but this kind of comments is so good to read in supporting the child in question.[/p][/quote]"Did himself no favours", surely the understatement of the decade. Let's just recap: alleged criminal damage to a front door, sending an offensive text to a minor, carrying on an affair with a married subordinate and alleged harassment of her, attempting to exclude and censor the press from the subsequent industrial tribunal ..... and those are just the facts I can remember. Children learn by example - as Jack Marsh, a well-respected ex-teacher at John of Gaunt wrote in a letter printed in the WT some time ago - how can this head teacher possibly have retained his position? And with a salary and part of his pension funded by the taxpayer remember. "A school with outstanding leadership", "The dynamic and visionary leadership of this head teacher .... has transformed this school", "Aspire to excellence". It just beggars belief, so it comes as no surprise that he is now acting as an apologist for an alleged juvenile fire starter. FU___WT
  • Score: 1

11:44am Fri 28 Mar 14

Mrs Donnyfly says...

You just won't let it lie!
You just won't let it lie! Mrs Donnyfly
  • Score: 1

11:53am Fri 28 Mar 14

Mrs Donnyfly says...

FU_WT ranted... "alleged criminal damage" - "alleged harassment" - so what do you mean by saying "these are the facts"?

And I have to ask, do you know what an apologist is?
FU_WT ranted... "alleged criminal damage" - "alleged harassment" - so what do you mean by saying "these are the facts"? And I have to ask, do you know what an apologist is? Mrs Donnyfly
  • Score: 6

1:18pm Fri 28 Mar 14

moocherx says...

Everyone underestimates the power of a f*rt and a match.
Everyone underestimates the power of a f*rt and a match. moocherx
  • Score: 10

1:30pm Mon 31 Mar 14

FU___WT says...

Mrs Donnyfly wrote:
FU_WT ranted... "alleged criminal damage" - "alleged harassment" - so what do you mean by saying "these are the facts"?

And I have to ask, do you know what an apologist is?
Thank you for making two posts, that has moved the thread into the 'most commented' category and ensured that my statements receive the widest possible audience. Perhaps you would also care to respond to former teacher Jack Marsh's letter - making the same points as me - which was in the print version of the WT some months ago? And I notice that this story was the headllne on last Friday's WT - draw your own conclusions.
[quote][p][bold]Mrs Donnyfly[/bold] wrote: FU_WT ranted... "alleged criminal damage" - "alleged harassment" - so what do you mean by saying "these are the facts"? And I have to ask, do you know what an apologist is?[/p][/quote]Thank you for making two posts, that has moved the thread into the 'most commented' category and ensured that my statements receive the widest possible audience. Perhaps you would also care to respond to former teacher Jack Marsh's letter - making the same points as me - which was in the print version of the WT some months ago? And I notice that this story was the headllne on last Friday's WT - draw your own conclusions. FU___WT
  • Score: 2

3:40pm Mon 31 Mar 14

WiltsCanary1972 says...

Ah the glory of letting things go. At the time I was firmly of the belief that the headteacher should go. However, he didn't and so he was given the chance to prove that he merited his position, his wages and pension that you seem so worried about. I can't remember the full details of his telling off but I am sure that he would have been v close to losing his job - also if you felt that this was unsatisfactory did you go down the complaints procedure with the school and then on to the Dept of Education?

My fiancee met with him a few months ago at our daughters school and she was so impressed with his plans for the school, the changes that he has already made and the direction that the school was now taking that it is a serious consideration for the school that she will go to after Primary School.

The good thing FU_WT (if you feel this strongly about this media outlet to have this name why do you read the paper and boost their internet hits?) about keeping this on the most commented page means that all these people see how inane your comments are!!!!!
Ah the glory of letting things go. At the time I was firmly of the belief that the headteacher should go. However, he didn't and so he was given the chance to prove that he merited his position, his wages and pension that you seem so worried about. I can't remember the full details of his telling off but I am sure that he would have been v close to losing his job - also if you felt that this was unsatisfactory did you go down the complaints procedure with the school and then on to the Dept of Education? My fiancee met with him a few months ago at our daughters school and she was so impressed with his plans for the school, the changes that he has already made and the direction that the school was now taking that it is a serious consideration for the school that she will go to after Primary School. The good thing FU_WT (if you feel this strongly about this media outlet to have this name why do you read the paper and boost their internet hits?) about keeping this on the most commented page means that all these people see how inane your comments are!!!!! WiltsCanary1972
  • Score: 6

7:17pm Mon 31 Mar 14

politepanda says...

FU___WT wrote:
Mrs Donnyfly wrote:
FU_WT ranted... "alleged criminal damage" - "alleged harassment" - so what do you mean by saying "these are the facts"?

And I have to ask, do you know what an apologist is?
Thank you for making two posts, that has moved the thread into the 'most commented' category and ensured that my statements receive the widest possible audience. Perhaps you would also care to respond to former teacher Jack Marsh's letter - making the same points as me - which was in the print version of the WT some months ago? And I notice that this story was the headllne on last Friday's WT - draw your own conclusions.
So Jack Marsh ALSO stated that allegations were fact??!
[quote][p][bold]FU___WT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mrs Donnyfly[/bold] wrote: FU_WT ranted... "alleged criminal damage" - "alleged harassment" - so what do you mean by saying "these are the facts"? And I have to ask, do you know what an apologist is?[/p][/quote]Thank you for making two posts, that has moved the thread into the 'most commented' category and ensured that my statements receive the widest possible audience. Perhaps you would also care to respond to former teacher Jack Marsh's letter - making the same points as me - which was in the print version of the WT some months ago? And I notice that this story was the headllne on last Friday's WT - draw your own conclusions.[/p][/quote]So Jack Marsh ALSO stated that allegations were fact??! politepanda
  • Score: 4

11:14am Tue 1 Apr 14

FU___WT says...

And I note that the posters have avoided referring to my comment about just why the editor of the WT saw fit to lead with this story as the headline on the print edition of Friday 28th March, complete with a photo of the head teacher. Perhaps that is because this head teacher used the considerable legal resources available through his Trade Union in an attempt to prevent the media reporting on his appearance at an Industrial Tribunal a while ago? Though thankfully that attempt failed. Again, I would like to express my thanks to all posters for keeping this thread alive and propagating the publicity about his acts which might otherwise be forgotten. But not by me.
And I note that the posters have avoided referring to my comment about just why the editor of the WT saw fit to lead with this story as the headline on the print edition of Friday 28th March, complete with a photo of the head teacher. Perhaps that is because this head teacher used the considerable legal resources available through his Trade Union in an attempt to prevent the media reporting on his appearance at an Industrial Tribunal a while ago? Though thankfully that attempt failed. Again, I would like to express my thanks to all posters for keeping this thread alive and propagating the publicity about his acts which might otherwise be forgotten. But not by me. FU___WT
  • Score: -3

2:35pm Tue 1 Apr 14

Mrs Donnyfly says...

Have you asked the WT yourself why they lead with this story? Do you think it might have been because they thought a child setting fire to part of a school was more newsworthy than anything else that happened locally last week?

I note that you have avoided answering the two questions I asked you.

Why shouldn't his acts be forgotten? I'm sure he was suitably apologetic for his behaviour and answered to those that needed to be answered to.

The only result of keeping this thread alive is in showing how bitter and vindictive some people can be. I have to wonder if you are perhaps the attention seeking old trout who started the campaign against his decision to bring in the new uniform, like some modern day Martin Luther King on a moral crusade to right an evil wrong.
Have you asked the WT yourself why they lead with this story? Do you think it might have been because they thought a child setting fire to part of a school was more newsworthy than anything else that happened locally last week? I note that you have avoided answering the two questions I asked you. Why shouldn't his acts be forgotten? I'm sure he was suitably apologetic for his behaviour and answered to those that needed to be answered to. The only result of keeping this thread alive is in showing how bitter and vindictive some people can be. I have to wonder if you are perhaps the attention seeking old trout who started the campaign against his decision to bring in the new uniform, like some modern day Martin Luther King on a moral crusade to right an evil wrong. Mrs Donnyfly
  • Score: 0

3:55pm Tue 1 Apr 14

WiltsCanary1972 says...

NIcely put Mrs Donnyfly - I could not have put it better myself.

Not sure that they are trying to be like MLK more like a certain German Leader who saw the error of his ways while hiding on a bunker on the 30th April 1945................
.

Certainly seems to have the same ideals - do something wrong, in their eyes regardless of what the rest think, and be damned FOREVER

I am very tempted to carry on posting on this report just so people can see the shortsightedness of him.

Oh and FU_WT, just for the record, I have no idea why the print version of the WT ran that story (maybe a quiet news week) I think you will need to ask the editor, but bearing in mind the name that you go by I can't imagine that he/she will want to speak to you!!!!!!
NIcely put Mrs Donnyfly - I could not have put it better myself. Not sure that they are trying to be like MLK more like a certain German Leader who saw the error of his ways while hiding on a bunker on the 30th April 1945................ . Certainly seems to have the same ideals - do something wrong, in their eyes regardless of what the rest think, and be damned FOREVER I am very tempted to carry on posting on this report just so people can see the shortsightedness of him. Oh and FU_WT, just for the record, I have no idea why the print version of the WT ran that story (maybe a quiet news week) I think you will need to ask the editor, but bearing in mind the name that you go by I can't imagine that he/she will want to speak to you!!!!!! WiltsCanary1972
  • Score: 0

5:55am Wed 2 Apr 14

politepanda says...

FU___WT wrote:
And I note that the posters have avoided referring to my comment about just why the editor of the WT saw fit to lead with this story as the headline on the print edition of Friday 28th March, complete with a photo of the head teacher. Perhaps that is because this head teacher used the considerable legal resources available through his Trade Union in an attempt to prevent the media reporting on his appearance at an Industrial Tribunal a while ago? Though thankfully that attempt failed. Again, I would like to express my thanks to all posters for keeping this thread alive and propagating the publicity about his acts which might otherwise be forgotten. But not by me.
So just WHO is your continued mini mud-slinging campaign helping? The school, pupils, others involved? No.
Thankfully most of us will allow those involved to move on and forget this episode - we don't have the "vendetta" mentality that others seem to have.
[quote][p][bold]FU___WT[/bold] wrote: And I note that the posters have avoided referring to my comment about just why the editor of the WT saw fit to lead with this story as the headline on the print edition of Friday 28th March, complete with a photo of the head teacher. Perhaps that is because this head teacher used the considerable legal resources available through his Trade Union in an attempt to prevent the media reporting on his appearance at an Industrial Tribunal a while ago? Though thankfully that attempt failed. Again, I would like to express my thanks to all posters for keeping this thread alive and propagating the publicity about his acts which might otherwise be forgotten. But not by me.[/p][/quote]So just WHO is your continued mini mud-slinging campaign helping? The school, pupils, others involved? No. Thankfully most of us will allow those involved to move on and forget this episode - we don't have the "vendetta" mentality that others seem to have. politepanda
  • Score: 2

11:51am Thu 3 Apr 14

FU___WT says...

Once again, thanks to all who have contributed to this thread thus moving it into the coveted #1 spot in the 'most commented' section and disseminating the history of this head teacher to WT readers who were previously unaware of it. As regards to why the WT editor chose to lead with this story last Friday - fair point. He could of course have chosen to headline with the story about the head of another educational establishment in Trowbridge who has been suspended 'sine die' from her role whilst continuing to draw her taxpayer-funded salary of £130,000 p.a. All of the WT articles concerning the previous misfeasance of these two teachers are still available on the WT website and can be retrieved via the use of the archive search. Two head teachers who are still on the public payroll when both would have been sacked if they were in the private sector. The taxpayer is just having his leg lifted.
Once again, thanks to all who have contributed to this thread thus moving it into the coveted #1 spot in the 'most commented' section and disseminating the history of this head teacher to WT readers who were previously unaware of it. As regards to why the WT editor chose to lead with this story last Friday - fair point. He could of course have chosen to headline with the story about the head of another educational establishment in Trowbridge who has been suspended 'sine die' from her role whilst continuing to draw her taxpayer-funded salary of £130,000 p.a. All of the WT articles concerning the previous misfeasance of these two teachers are still available on the WT website and can be retrieved via the use of the archive search. Two head teachers who are still on the public payroll when both would have been sacked if they were in the private sector. The taxpayer is just having his leg lifted. FU___WT
  • Score: 0

5:09pm Thu 3 Apr 14

WiltsCanary1972 says...

The great thing about us commenting on your comments is people get to see the inane comments you make.

You are doing yourself no favours and with reference to the 'other headteacher' anyone in the public sector or private sector who is under investigation will be suspended on full pay - I know I have seen this happen before.

I think you need to concentrate on your own life and stop worrying about what other people are doing.
The great thing about us commenting on your comments is people get to see the inane comments you make. You are doing yourself no favours and with reference to the 'other headteacher' anyone in the public sector or private sector who is under investigation will be suspended on full pay - I know I have seen this happen before. I think you need to concentrate on your own life and stop worrying about what other people are doing. WiltsCanary1972
  • Score: 0

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