A joint statement from Haringey Council and Highgate Wood School

Publication date: Wednesday 6 August 2014

At the end of the school summer term a former Highgate Wood School assistant headteacher, Andy Adams, was sentenced to jail for a series of serious offences committed during the early 1980s, when he was a PE teacher at the school.

Mr Adams taught at Highgate Wood until 2004 and continued to occasionally support the school’s work experience programme until 2010. The offences first came to light several years after Mr Adams’ retirement from teaching and some time after any ongoing involvement he had with the school had ended. However, the very understandable shock and concern felt by parents and carers about this case is shared by both the wider school community and the local authority.

The school and the council take responsibility for safeguarding children extremely seriously, and have clear and robust procedures for reporting and investigating any concerns.

Given the very serious nature of the concerns raised by this case, the independent Chair of the Haringey Local Safeguarding Children’s Board is going to review how the case has been handled since the allegations were received. Both the school and the council very much welcome this.

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