POLICE have confirmed they are investigating an allegation of assault by a teacher on a 12-year-old pupil at Bishop Douglass School in East Finchley.

Officers from the Barnet and Enfield child abuse investigation team were called in to the Hamilton Road school after an allegation was made against a member of staff on September 7.

Police would not confirm the name of the teacher involved in the inquiries. Headteacher Angela Murphy has been suspended from the Catholic School following a complaint from a parent.

Governor Rev John Helm, parish priest of the church of St Edward the Confessor in Golders Green, said he could not comment on the suspension of Ms Murphy because he was involved in the investigation.

No arrests have been made and investigations are ongoing.