A police investigation into allegations concerning the care of children at a primary school has concluded, with no further action to be taken.

South Wales Police launched its investigation last September, after receiving complaints about the alleged treatment of children at Alderman Davies Primary School in Neath.

Neath Port Talbot Council introduced an interim team to lead the school after South Wales Police received a complaint in July.

But a South Wales Police spokesman said: "The police investigation has concluded and no further action will be taken by us".

Neath Port Talbot Council said an internal investigation was ongoing, and declined to comment any further.

Alderman Davies School was subject to two unfair dismissal claims in 2018.

Former teacher Chris Williams lost his case for unfair dismissal and his claim for disability discrimination was also dismissed, but the tribunal did say there was evidence he was subject to victimisation at the school.

A Freedom of Information request revealed the school’s legal fees in relation to Mr Williams’ tribunal to be £60,500, plus VAT, which the school said was funded through its insurance policy.

Earlier in the year, a separate tribunal heard the case of another former teacher, Nina Sydenham, who resigned from the post she had held for almost 20 years after alleging staff were being bullied and claiming there was a ‘culture of fear’ at the school.

The employment tribunal heard Mrs Sydenham had raised "serious concerns" about the school’s management under head teacher Collette Matchett.

Ms Matchett had told the tribunal she had no animosity to Mrs Sydenham. The tribunal ruling determined there was a perception from some staff that Ms Matchett 'would have been unapproachable with issues'.

The tribunal concluded Mrs Sydenham was unfairly dismissed, and also that she had been whistle-blowing on matters in the public interest, in the way the school was being run. But her claim of public interest disclosure of detriment was dismissed by the panel.

However, despite Wales Online submitting a Freedom of Information request to find out the cost to the school for legal bills in relation to fighting Mrs Sydenham’s tribunal, Alderman Davies did not provide a figure.

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The school said its legal bill in relation to Mrs Sydenham was again paid for through its insurance policy, but the figure paid on its behalf was not known by the school, and it added that it was ‘under no obligation under the freedom of information request to obtain it’.

Following an appeal to obtain the information, the Information Commissioner said she was ‘satisfied on the balance of probabilities that the information is not held by the school’, and added that the school was not obliged to obtain the information to comply with the request.

Alderman Davies is a Church in Wales school, but the interim team put in place to run the school when the complaint was made appointed by Neath Port Talbot Council.

A spokesman for the authority said: "An internal investigation is ongoing and it would be inappropriate for the school, diocese or local authority to comment.”