Headteacher Derek Curran in court over abuse claim

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A HEADTEACHER is due to appear in court today after being arrested and charged in connection with domestic abuse allegations.

Derek Curran, 54, left his post at Castlebrae High School, in Craigmillar, last month.

The Evening News told last week how Curran was being investigated over the domestic abuse claims.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “A 54-year-old man has been arrested and charged with domestic abuse offences. He is scheduled to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court today.”

Curran was at Castlebrae for a large chunk of the 1980s, before becoming headteacher at Forrester High for six years.

He was then parachuted into Castlebrae again last year to reverse the fortunes of an ailing school that faced closure amid poor exam results and falling rolls.

He introduced a raft of measures to help give the school a boost, including a £30,000 investment to ensure pupils were the first in Edinburgh to be given mini iPads on a whole school basis.

Norma Prentice, headteacher at Drummond Community High, will take charge at Castlebrae for the 2014-15 session.