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Headteacher, 34, is suspended from ‘outstanding’ school after she was caught drink-driving

A primary school headteacher has been suspended after she drank two bottle of wine before walking in to the doors of a supermarket and stumbling in to her car.


Roisin Philip, 34, was arrested outside her home in Southampton after staff at a Sainsbury’s store watched her drunkenly get in to her Renault Clio in the car park. 

When breathalysed, police found she was almost four times the drink-drive limit.

Magistrates banned her from driving for two years and handed her a 12-week suspended sentence after the incident on a Tuesday night in January this year.   

And governors at Hiltingbury Junior School in Chandler’s Ford, Hants, have now suspended the headteacher as part of their own investigation.

The school’s chair of governors Judith Rutherford said: ‘I can confirm that interim arrangements are in place at our school for deputy head, Jon Clark, to take on the role of acting headteacher.

‘Governors are considering an appropriate course of action following the conviction of Miss Philip for a serious motoring offence which is unconnected to her role.

‘These arrangements are ensuring the school continues to run to the high standards both parents and governors expect.’

Southampton Magistrates’ Court, Hants, heard Philip was seen on CCTV by staff at the Sainsbury’s in the city stumbling around, walking into a trolley and then the sliding entrance door.

After continuing to observe her on Tuesday, January 29, this year they reported her to police when she clambered into her car.

When breathalysed the court heard she had 124 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath.

Philip, of Southampton, denied drink driving, but was convicted by magistrates at a trial.

She was fined £750 and ordered to pay £620 costs.

Magistrates said they had considered jailing her, but chose to suspend the sentence because of previous good character.

Philip had only been given the headteacher’s job four months earlier. The school was rated ‘outstanding’ in its last Ofsted report.

She has been a teacher for ten years, working at primary schools in Southampton prior to taking up the headteacher role. 

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