Headmaster attacks colleague's home when affair ends
A "DISCIPLINARIAN" superhead who had an affair with married colleague attempted to kick her door down after she ended their relationship.
Mark Stenton, 40, shouted abuse at Angela Honeywell, 41, and tried to kick his way into her home when she ended their three-month fling to go back to her husband.
Police calmed the situation and sent the headteacher home, but he then sent texts to Mrs Honeywell's 14-year-old daughter - a pupil at his school - threatening to kill himself.
The £85,000-a-year head of Clarendon College, Trowbridge, Wilts, now on sick leave with stress, claimed the pair had talked of marriage and called Mrs Honeywell a "natural liar" for denying their love.
But the mother-of-three, who is now back together with her husband Chris, hit back by saying that she had wanted out of the relationship after just three days.
Mrs Honeywell, a school office worker, said yesterday: "Mark knew that I was quite often alone and he would come and sit very close to me then send me text messages afterwards saying how he wanted to cuddle me.
"Then the next time we would cuddle and it went from there. I know it was a stupid thing to do but I was going through a lot at the time."
Mr Stenton joined Clarendon College in June in a move to bring it out of special measures within 18 months
He introduced tough new rules, including a zero-tolerance policy on uniform - but the divorcee then started a fling with the mother-of-three.
He reacted after she ended their affair and got back together with husband of ten years last week. The couple have now bought new wedding rings as a commitment to each other.
But after she left a voicemail on Mr Stenton's phone, he then attacked her home.
Mr Honeywell said: ''My neighbour across the road saw him arrive. He said Mark looked furious and fell flat on his face at one point. Then he started kicking at the door."
Wiltshire Police confirmed they had attended the address in Trowbridge, Wilts, at 8.20pm last Friday to reports that front door being kicked. No arrests were made.
Mrs Honeywell is now on sick leave, while Mr Stenton is still at the school. He claims he has been "betrayed".
The head said: "I have no intention of going. I have no idea what happened on Friday. Discussion up until then had been about us getting married and getting a house together.
"We were hoping to set a date next May if our divorce papers come through by then."
He added: "I am devastated because I have been betrayed. I have questioned everything that has been said and done but at the end of the day I loved Angela and she said she loved me too."
Wiltshire County Council refused to comment on the matter, but other senior figures urged education chiefs to "get a grip" on the situation.
Cllr Graham Payne, a Trowbridge town councillor, said: "Many Clarendon pupils live in my ward and I think the governors of the school need to get a grip of this situation before it is too late."
Cllr Lionel Grundy, cabinet member for children's services, added: "Our priority os to ensure that all of Wiltshire's children and young people are able to learn and develop in a supportive environment.
"This is a personal matter, however we are monitoring the situation very closely and working with the governors to make sure pupils at Clarendon College receive the best possible education."