Durham Federation of Schools head Anne Lakey charged with sex abuse

A head teacher who has won praise for her "inspirational leadership" has been charged with sexually abusing a boy under the age of 16.

As chief executive of the Durham Federation of Schools, Anne Lakey, 53, oversaw major GCSE result improvements.

She is accused of eight sexual offences which are alleged to have occurred in the late 1980s. They do not relate to a pupil at a school where she worked.

Ms Lakey is due to appear at Consett Magistrates' Court on 7 January.

She has been suspended from her chief executive post.

The Crown Prosecution Service said Ms Lakey faces four counts of indecent assault, two counts of gross indecency and two of incitement to commit gross indecency.

Durham Federation of Schools includes Durham Community Business College, in Ushaw Moor, and Fyndoune Community College, in Sacriston.

In 2012 Fyndoune was named the country's most improved secondary school after the number of pupils achieving at least five GCSEs, including maths and English, rose from 26% to 80%.

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