Headmaster of £12,000-a-year school arrested as he pulled over to meet ‘teen boy’ he had groomed
The school has broken the “incredibly shocking news” to parents and it has been revealed the headteacher was a child protection officer at the school
Glynn Knowles was acting headteacher of private Cambridge International School
A headteacher has pleaded guilty to grooming a young boy and trying to meet him as he was pulled over and arrested by police.
The school has broken the “incredibly shocking news” to parents and it has been revealed headteacher Glyn Knowles was a child protection officer at the school.
Knowles, who was acting head of private Cambridge International School, where fees go up to £4,285 a term, was sacked immediately, the Cambridge News reports.
The 50-year-old of Puckeridge, Hertfordshire, appeared before Hatfield Remand Court, based at Hatfield Police Station, on Monday where he pleaded guilty to attempting to meet a boy under 16 years of age following grooming (section 15 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003).
Police were called at 2.30pm on July 14 to reports a man was attempting to meet a person he believed to be a teenage boy before Knowles was stopped in a vehicle and arrested.
Parents have reacted with shock.
One parent, who asked not to be named, said: “It needs to be out there because other people need to know about this guy.
“It’s completely shocking news and I just want everybody to know about it. The most bizarre thing is that he’s the child protection officer for the school.”
Cambridge International School is for children aged three-16 and students come from 32 countries and speak 27 different languages.
In a letter to parents, Nick Rugg, of the International School Partnership which manages the school, said: “I am writing to you further to the release of information regarding Mr Glyn Knowles which has come to our attention over the weekend.
“Based on this information, I wanted to get in touch to let you know that, with immediate effect, Mr Knowles has been dismissed from Cambridge International School.
“Mr Knowles has pleaded guilty to a charge of attempting to meet a boy under the age of 16 years of age following grooming (section 15 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003). I can confirm there is no link to any CIS student.
“The safeguarding and well-being of children at CIS is of paramount importance to the school and the International Schools Partnership and all our staff are vetted through the Disclosure and Barring Service as per the school’s safeguarding police.
“We know this will come as an incredible shock to you, as it has to us, and we are here to support you with any questions and concerns you may have.”
Knowles was the ‘Designated Safeguarding Lead and Prevent Strategy Lead’ at the school, according to its website.
He was acting principal and said on his staff profile he was “born and raised in Liverpool where I attended the Holt School”.
A Hertfordshire police spokeswoman said: “Glyn Knowles, who is 50 years old and from High Street, Puckeridge (Hertfordshire) appeared before Hatfield Remand Court on Monday, July 15 where he pleaded guilty to attempting to meet a boy under 16 years of age following grooming (section 15 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003).
“Officers had been called to Bishop’s Stortford at 2.30pm on July 14 to reports a man was attempting to meet a person he believed to be a teenage boy. Glyn Knowles was stopped in a vehicle on The Causeway and arrested.
“He will be sentenced on August 18, 2017 at St Albans Crown Court.”