Former Kristin principal's assault charges stand

01:02, Aug 29 2014
Peter Clague
PETER CLAGUE: Kristin School's former executive principal failed to have assault charges filed against him dismissed.

A top principal who allegedly assaulted his ex wife has had his application to have the charges dismissed as an abuse of process declined.
Former Kristin School executive principal Peter Clague is accused of pushing his ex wife Jeanne Jackman to the ground during an argument in September, 2010, resulting in an injured tailbone and significant bruising. 

Clague said the pair had stumbled after he put his hands on her shoulders to calm her. 

The pair separated in 2012 but it wasn't until March this year that Jeanne Jackman filed a private prosecution against her ex husband.

In the North Shore District Court yesterday Judge Pippa Sinclair declined to dismiss the charges and Clague was ordered to reappear for a call over in the Auckland District Court on September 16. 

Clague's lawyer Mike Lloyd said he would be appearing on behalf of his client who would be out of the country. 

The allegations are a blow for Clague who is due to take up a post as headmaster at one of England's best schools on Monday. 

Bromsgrove School in Worcestershire is a £31,000 a year boarding school and has been rated as 'outstanding' by school inspection body Ofted.

Clague left his position as Kristin School's executive principal and moved to England this month.  

Bromsgrove School's chairman of governors Stewart Towe told The Telegraph newspaper it would stand by Clague, saying "Bromsgrove School governors are wholly satisfied with the integrity of Peter Clague and followed due diligence in the appointment process. 

"The governors are very much looking forward to welcoming the new headmaster and working with him to further develop the school's success."