School placed in special measures after jailed sex-chats teacher ‘allowed to return to classroom’

The Birmingham Mail is reporting that a primary school has been placed in special measures after allowing a teacher jailed for internet schoolgirl sex chats to return to the classroom…

Ofsted discovered that Craig Lindsay, described as a “volunteer”, had been in the first school without a written risk assessment being carried out.

Now concerned parents are demanding to know how Lindsay was allowed into Picknalls First School in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire.

Neither the school, Ofsted nor the Local Education Authority has named the 41-year-old, but a source close to Picknalls said: “What happened involved one day, one isolated incident some months ago. It was a one-off.”

That has cut little ice at the school gates.

“There are a lot of upset and angry parents,” said one mum. “We want to know how he was allowed in a class without the checks being done.”

With anger mounting, Picknalls head teacher has been moved to publicly reassure parents.

In a statement, Anne Tapp admitted: “I can assure parents and the community that children are safe at Picknalls First School. Confidentiality prevents me from providing more details, but there was a one-off occasion during which children were fully supervised at all times.”

Former Thomas Alleyne School teacher Lindsay was jailed in 2011 after grooming a girl for sordid internet and webcam chats…

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Seems an odd thing to have done, especially as unexplained due, as so often, to issues of confidentiality…


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