Cleveland Police and Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council have confirmed that there has been significant progress in an investigation into allegations regarding a member of staff at a school in the local area.
Police confirmed earlier this week that a 24-year-old man from Stockton had been arrested in relation to indecent images of children.
Although national legal restrictions prevent either the member of staff or the school at which they were working being named at this point, the Police and Council have today confirmed that families identified as being potentially affected by these allegations have now received joint visits from police officers and social services staff.
During these meetings, families have been supplied with details of any allegations which might affect them and offered full support as the investigation continues.
Barbara Shaw, Director for Children and Families for Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council said:
“We appreciate that restrictions on the amount of information being released will be very frustrating for concerned parents but, as well as needing to ensure that the on-going police investigation is not prejudiced in any way, there is legislation which means that anyone disclosing certain information relating to the allegations may be charged with a criminal offence.”
“Unfortunately, these restrictions have placed the school involved in a very difficult position in dealing with this situation, but we can give assurances that these matters relate to a single member of staff and there are no on-going safeguarding concerns.”
“Whilst this is very difficult time for those families who have now received visits from our teams, we hope these actions give those parents who have not been contacted some assurance that their children are not affected and they do not need to be concerned about this investigation.”
“Further information will be released when this is legally possible. However, parents should note that staff will be unable to answer questions relating to the investigation in the meantime. ”
Detective Inspector Steve Bell said: “We’re aware that following reports in the media there will be parents with some very understandable concerns. Although we can’t say much at this stage we can confirm that an investigation is on-going in connection with indecent images of children. We can also confirm that, over the last 48 hours, we’ve spoken to a number of families in connection with this investigation. This follows the arrest of a 24-year-old man from Stockton who remains under investigation.”
In view of the recent tragic fire in London, I would like to reassure parents that no combustible materials were used in the construction of the building and a sprinkler system and fire alarm operates throughout the new building.
Students are familiar with the fire evacuation procedures, which have been fully tested, although we will carry out a further simulation exercise before the end of term.
Over recent months several students and staff have been working hard producing creative writing and art work as part of the Guisborough Town Hall Gateway project.
The outcome for their outstanding commitment and contribution was a four page feature in Coastal View and Moor News with 24 students having their work published in the paper which went out to over 26,000 readers.
Congratulations to three Laurence Jackson School pupils who competed in the U14 National Finals for Grangetown Netball Club this weekend. Erin W, Ruby W & Katharine B (Vice Captain) all took to the court and played against the best teams in the Country. To be one of the 18 teams at the finals the squad had to qualify through County and Regional Leagues. This competition saw the squad finishing 8th in the Country, missing out on 7th place by one goal. This is a massive achievement for these students and is the best position the club has ever finished in a national final.
Josh B, year 11, competed in the British Superbikes and was interviewed on Eurosport as a new member of the team.
The KTM RC cup took place from Thurs 30th March until Sunday 2nd April at Donington Park.
Josh took part in numerous heats and despite some technical difficulties with his bike, he found it an amazing experience.