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'Pregnant ex-pupil' principal quits

Published 19/05/2015

Kent Police are investigating the former executive principal of two academies
Kent Police are investigating the former executive principal of two academies

An executive principal arrested after reportedly starting a relationship with an ex-pupil who is now said to be expecting his child has quit his teaching roles.

Sean Heslop, 47, was detained on suspicion of abuse of a position of trust and freed on police bail until July 30 pending further inquiries.

He was also suspended from his duties as executive principal of the Folkestone Academy and Marlowe Academy in Ramsgate, Kent. But it has now emerged he has resigned.

A spokesman said: "Governors can confirm that Sean Heslop has resigned his position as executive principal of Folkestone and Marlowe Academies, and the schools will continue to be led by their respective head teachers."

The Sun newspaper reported last month that his arrest came after he allegedly started a relationship with a former pupil.

He is said to be "really excited" at becoming a father with the woman and "the happiest he's ever been", an unnamed relative told the paper.

A spokesman for Kent Police and the academies have declined to comment on the report. The governors have said the case "has not interfered with and will not inhibit the good work going on in the schools".

A spokeswoman for Kent Police said there was no update to the police investigation.

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