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Investigation launched into teacher's conduct after Colchester Academy pupil complaint

A POLICE investigation has been launched into the conduct of a teacher after a complaint was made by a student.

The teacher was working at Colchester Academy, on Hawthorn Avenue, when the student made an allegation against them.

When school leaders were made aware of the complaint, the teacher was asked to leave the school while the investigation was ongoing.

The school operates as part of the South Suffolk Learning Trust.

Essex County Council’s safeguarding designated officer was also informed about the matter. They then reported the matter to the police.

Colchester Academy principal Jenny Betts said everyone at the school would cooperate fully with the investigation as it continues.

She said: “The safety of our students is of the utmost importance.

“Once we were made aware of this incident, we acted swiftly to inform the authorities and will co-operate fully with any police investigation.

“When we hire staff, we always check a person’s suitability to work in a school which includes ensuring they have been subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to be able to work with young people.”

Essex County Council confirmed the safeguarding officer had reported the issue to Essex Police.

The nature of the allegation has not been revealed by the school.

The council were unable to give the Gazette the crime reference number so the progress of the investigation could be checked by the police.

Reasons for a referral to the safeguarding officer can include an adult behaving in a way which has or may harm a child, committing a criminal offence against a child or behaving in a way which indicates they may pose a risk of harm.

It is understood other students have been spoken to in relation to the alleged incident as witnesses.

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22nd May 2019