Headteacher ‘had love child’ with student

Headteacher Derek Curran. Picture: Julie Bull
Headteacher Derek Curran. Picture: Julie Bull
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POLICE investigating alleged sexual impropriety between a headteacher and a student have been told that he fathered a love child with her.

Headteacher Derek Curran has been suspended from Castlebrae Community High while allegations of sexual misconduct are being investigated by Police Scotland. He has not been charged with any offence.

The woman has told officers that she had an affair with the teacher which spanned several years.

She claims that she became pregnant during the relationship and that a subsequent paternity test showed Mr Curran was the father.

The woman – who is raising the toddler – was not attending the same school where Mr Curran was teaching at the time of the alleged sexual impropriety.

Now in her 20s, it is understood the baby was born after her 18th birthday. The allegations against Mr Curran only came to light as a result of a separate police inquiry.

A source told the News: “The student says she fell pregnant during their relationship, which lasted a number of years since she was at school, and she became pregnant. She’s had a paternity test and it confirmed Curran was the father.”

A Police Scotland spokeswoman confirmed the force had launched an inquiry which was at an “early stage” but was unable to comment further.

Dubbed a “super head”, Derek Curran was parachuted into the Castlebrae High last May. He was seconded from Forrester High to reverse the ailing fortunes of the Craigmillar school amid plunging schools rolls and poor attainment levels.

Mr Curran was previously at Castlebrae for a large chunk of the 1980s, becoming headteacher at Forrester High for six years and returning to the Craigmillar school as head on a one-year secondment that was extended. He introduced a raft of measures to boost Castlebrae, including a £30,000 investment to ensure pupils were the first in Edinburgh to be given mini-iPads on a whole school basis.

Staff were told about the decision to suspend Mr Curran on Monday by the council’s head of schools, Andy Gray.

Grace Vickers, previously head at St Thomas of Aquin’s High, has taken the reins at Castlebrae until the end of term. A city council spokesman said: “We will continue to co-operate fully with the police inquiry.”

Yesterday, the Evening News revealed a second police investigation at Castlebrae which saw a biology teacher reported to the procurator fiscal. It followed a police probe into alleged sexual misconduct with a student by allegedly sending her obscene e-mails.

Gavin Atkinson, 56, will appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on June 19 to face charges brought under the Communications Act.

A Crown Office spokesman said: “The procurator fiscal in Edinburgh has received a report concerning a 56-year-old male, in connection with alleged incidents said to have occurred in December 2013.”