Headteacher who had baby with teenage former pupil cleared of any criminal wrongdoing

The Mirror is reporting that a headteacher who had a baby with a teenage former pupil has been cleared of criminal wrongdoing.

Sean Heslop, 47, was arrested after his relationship with the young woman emerged earlier this year and has been on police bail for seven months.

But Kent Police has now concluded its investigation and will not be bringing any charges against the former head of Marlowe Academy and Folkestone Academy in Kent.

Cambridge-educated Heslop insists the relationship with the girl, a former Folkestone Academy pupil, only started when she had left the school at 18.

She has since given birth and Heslop explained the entire ordeal has ruined his career in education and he is now trying to rebuild his life.

He said: “The last seven months on bail have been the worst of my life and, at times, it had more in common with a 17th century witchcraft trial as opposed to 21st century England.

“I was delighted but not surprised to hear the police criminal investigation has been dropped due to a lack of evidence.”

Hislop was appointed as Folkestone Academy principal in 2009 and became executive principal of both schools in 2013 – but resigned after he was suspended after his arrest in April…

A Kent Police spokesman said: “A 47-year-old man who was arrested on March 31 on suspicion of abuse of a position of trust was released without charge on November 19.”

Detective Inspector Ed Ruffle said: “We take all allegations of this nature extremely seriously and our officers conducted a thorough investigation, working closely with the school involved.

“Following the completion of the investigation, the decision was taken to release the man without charge.”

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In the full article it is clear Sean Heslop feels very bitter about the way he has been treated and the impact it has had on him and his relatives.

At the same time, Kent police insist they were right to investigate because of potential abuse of trust issues. 

How do you square the circle in such a case? 


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  1. If the relationship didn’t start until after the woman had left school then it’s not an abuse of a professional relationship.  The woman was 18 or over and therefore an adult.  She was no longer in a professional relationship with the head.
    The police appear to have agreed and said there’s no case to answer.

  2. AlfredoNokez1

    SchoolsImprove If you’ve to get a calendar out to decide if a headteacher has done something wrong with a 6th former then I’ve no sympathy

  3. gasman_g

    SchoolsImprove Police right to investigate – the problem seems to be about how it came to be public without any charges being brought?

  4. peterabarnard

    SchoolsImprove Many read but are will be too reluctant to comment in our guilt-ridden, rule-bound, judgemental, pernicious police world.

  5. Pompey Lass

    If there was no case to answer why did it take so long and how does it justify wrecking the mans life? I’m not disagreeing I just think it’s not fair.

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