AN investigation has been launched into Cardigan Secondary School after formal complaints were lodged with the Local Education Authority by former members of staff.

The independent inquiry has been set up by Ceredigion County Council after complaints were made to the council by three ex-staff members.

While the council has declined to comment on the nature of the complaints, the Tivyside understands it relates to allegations of bullying and harassment.

A council spokesman said: “The council takes any concerns raised about the conduct of all school staff very seriously. Three members of staff who are no longer employed at the school have submitted complaints to the council.

“As a result, the council has instigated an independent investigation.”

When asked to comment on a high turnover of staff at the school, the council said: “Since April 2015, a total of 31 members of teaching staff have left Ysgol Uwchradd Aberteifi. We do not have figures prior to that date.

“This number is, in fact, lower than in two similar sized secondary schools within the authority over the same period. The number of teachers who have left their employment at Aberteifi is a result of many factors, mainly retirement, career progression and relocation.

“Furthermore, like all other secondary schools in Ceredigion and beyond, Aberteifi has had to undergo significant staffing restructures to make ends meet. In nearly all schools, this has led to significant staffing reductions.

“No meeting regarding allegations at Ysgol Uwchradd Aberteifi has been held between the council and teaching union representatives.

“It would be inappropriate to comment further while an on-going investigation is being carried out.”