Bexleyheath Academy assures parents of students' safety in wake of teacher sex allegations
PUBLISHED: 12:08 08 August 2013 | UPDATED: 12:06 09 August 2013
Bexleyheath Academy have moved to assure parents that students' safety is their prime concern in the wake of one its teachers being charged with a string of child sex offences.
Stuart Kerner, 42, was charged last Wednesday (August 1) with 13 counts of sexual activity with girls aged 13 and 17 between March 2011 and October 2012.
The alleged offences are said to have taken place at the school and at his home in Aylesford, Kent.
The Woolwich Road school’s principal Carl Wakefield said: “As soon as we were made aware of these allegations by the police back in January, safeguarding protocols were adhered to and the member of staff in question was suspended with immediate effect.
“Now that the member of staff has been formally charged, we are now in a position to initiate and follow our own disciplinary procedures.
“We have not been in a position to inform you of or publicly discuss this matter until it has been legally resolved. Now the member of staff has been formally charged, we’re in a position to initiate our own disciplinary procedures.”
Referring to the deaths of students Philip Lamin and Jamie-Leigh Lynch this year, Mr Wakefield said: “All of us have been through a great deal over the past six months but at all times stayed strong and stood together in the face of such adversity and pain.”
Kerner is due to appear in Bexley Magistrates’ Court on Monday, Agusut 19.