COUNTY education chiefs say it will be down to school governors to decide the fate of a Hampshire headteacher found guilty of drink-driving.

It comes after school governors at Hiltingbury Junior School confirmed headteacher Roisin Philip had been asked to stay at home after being found guilty of drink-driving.

Governors at the Chandler’s Ford-based school said the 34-year-old would remain at home while they considered an “appropriate course of action”.

Last night, the school’s local education authority, Hampshire County Council, said it would be down to the school to carry out the investigation.

A spokesperson for Hampshire County Council said: “Matters such as this are dealt with by school governing bodies in accordance with their duties and powers as set out in legislation.

“We understand that the school is conducting an investigation which is ongoing.

“It would not be appropriate for us to comment further.”

As reported yesterday in the Daily Echo, Roisin Philip had been suspended by the school after being found guilty of drink-driving at Southampton Magistrates’ Court.

During Philip’s trial, the court was told how security staff at Sainsbury’s in Shirley spotted Philip on CCTV in the store’s car park on January 29.

They reported her registration to the police when she got into her Renault Clio, because they believed she may be drunk.

Philip was arrested outside her home, in Malmesbury Road, Shirley, after she was breathalysed and found to have 124 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – the legal limit is 35 microgrammes of alcohol.

Philip, who denied drink-driving, was found guilty and sentenced to 12 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months.

Magistrates said the offence crossed the custody threshold because of the high level of alcohol, but suspended the sentence because of her previous good character.

She was also banned from driving for three years, fined £750 and ordered to pay £620 in court costs.

Philip was appointed headteacher of Hiltingbury Junior School in September last year, but did not take up the role until January.

The school's deputy head Jon Clark will take on the role of acting head.