24/05/2018

After recent publicity in the media regarding a former teacher at Chenderit School, headteacher Mrs Jane Cartwright has issued the following:

 "I am now in the position of being able to inform you about a matter that has just been made public and reported by the media.

 In November 2016, the Police shared concerns with me relating to safeguarding around the conduct outside of school of Steven Birkett, at that time a teacher at Chenderit.

 I immediately suspended Mr Birkett from work. An internal investigation was launched, however, Mr Birkett resigned from his post before this was concluded.

 I referred the matter to The Teaching Regulation Agency and at the hearing of the 24th April 2018 the outcome was given as a prohibition order which means he is now barred from working as a teacher.

 Some media reports have been misleading. I would like to clarify that no pupil from Chenderit School has had his/her photos uploaded by Mr Birkett. To be clear, Mr Birkett's behaviours referenced in the media reports happened outside of school hours and did not involve our students.

 The welfare and protection of our students is our highest priority and I would like to reassure the school community that this matter was dealt with promptly, and with the support of the police, the local authority designated officer (LADO) and The Teaching Regulation Agency.

 If you need any further reassurance, please do not hesitate to contact me through my PA, Bev Martin."

 Best wishes

Jane Cartwright
Headteacher


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