Headteacher due in court

By Harriet Ernstsons Wednesday 05 March 2014 Updated: 05/03 17:14

THE FORMER headteacher of a Redditch school is set to appear in court charged with voyeurism and possessing indecent images.

David Doubtfire from Walkwood Middle School is currently on police bail and will appear before Worcester magistrates today (Friday) on three counts of possessing an extreme pornographic image and one of observing a person doing a private act.

Police said the voyeurism charge related to an alleged incident at Evesham Leisure Centre on July 17, 2013, following which a 26-year-old woman made a complaint to police.

A statement on the school's website said the charges the 51-year-old from Westholme Road in Bidford-on-Avon was facing were unrelated to children or his former role at the school.

"Mr Doubtfire has not been at Walkwood since we were informed about the police investigation and formally resigned as head when the charges were brought. We are unable to comment further while the court process is ongoing."

A further statement from the Diocese of Worcester said: "We are aware that David Doubtfire is due to appear at the Magistrates Court and understand that the charges do note relate to his job at the school or to children.

"We are unable to comment further while the case is ongoing but obviously always take the safeguarding of pupils in our schools very seriously."

The school attracted national media attention last summer after reportedly becoming one of the first to stop pupils under 13 wearing skirts, instead asking girls to wear trousers.

At the time, Doubtfire told the Standard the decision had been made because some girls were wearing short skirts.

"All the children sit in assembly and not all can sit on chairs which was becoming increasingly difficult. Some of the girls

didn't realise how unladylike it could be."

Just a month later, in August 2013, Walkwood recorded its highest SATs results - with more students achieving Level Four or more in English, maths and science than ever before. During its last OFSTED inspection in 2012 - before it became an academy the following year, the school was judged as being satisfactory.

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