Governors at Megan Stammers’ school weren’t told police were probing her relationship with teacher Jeremy Forrest.
Headmaster Terry Boatwright was due to suspend the maths master last Friday but the governors only found out when the pair were reported missing.
Three board members at Bishop Bell C of E are leading church figures from the Diocese of Chichester.
Yesterday a spokesman for the diocese said: “The board was not involved.”
Lucy Duckworth, from the National Association for People Abused in Childhood, said last night: “This is a disgrace which calls into question the judgment of the headteacher.
“The board has a right to know.”
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