School accused of hushing up ex-teacher’s child sex offences after ‘staff told pupils he left because he had cancer’

The Mail is reporting that a school has been accused of ‘hushing up’ a former teacher’s child sex offences by pupils who claim they were told that he left the all-girls’ comprehensive because he had cancer.

Daniel Fisher worked as Head of Biology at The Holt School in Wokingham, Berkshire, until his arrest on December 31 2013. He was eventually charged on October 29 2014.

The 35-year-old was convicted of two counts of making indecent images of children and 15 counts of attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity following a week-long trial…

The school has reassured parents that none of the offences relate to pupils at the The Holt School. 

But his former students at the school spoke of their ‘disgust’ at being told he had to leave school because he was suffering from cancer when in fact he had been arrested.

One former student, who asked not to be named, said: ‘He was my biology teacher …. When he suddenly left I was told he had cancer.

‘I have a family member who suffered from cancer, so to hear one of my teachers was suffering from something so close to my heart really upset me at the time.

‘But to find out the truth, to find out he was in fact a paedophile, is disgusting. I have never ever been so repulsed in my life…’

News quickly spread of the teacher’s conviction on social media, prompting students to question why they weren’t told the truth.

In an email sent to parents, headteacher Suzanne Richards said: ‘Mr Daniel Fisher, former Head of Biology, has today been found guilty of a number of online offences at Reading Crown Court.

‘None of these offences relate to any member of The Holt community. Mr Fisher has not been teaching since December 2013 and is no longer employed by The Holt School…

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A difficult one here in that schools are normally advised (rightly or wrongly) not to give details of issues under investigation but in this case, what do you think?

The arrest was a factual event in the public domain and the nature of the crimes could be directly relevant to these pupils (even if the offences – or alleged offences at the time – were events elsewhere).  

Should they have been told (or at least not misled)?

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