Police probe Castlebrae headteacher sex claims

The Castlebrae headteacher has been suspended pending the investigtion. Picture: Ian Georgeson
The Castlebrae headteacher has been suspended pending the investigtion. Picture: Ian Georgeson
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POLICE today confirmed they have launched an investigation after allegations of a sexual nature were made by a pupil against a headteacher.

Derek Curran has already been suspended from his post at Castlebrae Community High in Edinburgh – a move the city council described as a “precautionary measure”.

A council spokesman said this was “standard practice” when such complaints were made.

Mr Curran was moved from Forrester High last year on a one-year secondment as part of an attempt to revive the fortunes of Castlebrae, one of the country’s most under-performing schools.

The allegation is understood to have come from a pupil who is not a student at Castlebrae or Forrester.

Staff at Castlebrae were told about the decision to suspend him on Monday.

Police initially said they had been “made aware” of the situation by the council, but have now confirmed they had launched an investigation.

A police spokeswoman said: “Police have received a report of allegations against the headteacher at Castlebrae High School and are currently carrying out an investigation.”

Castlebrae was allowed to remain open last year, despite being less than a third full, after parents campaigned.