Suffolk: Teacher accused of child sex offences appears in court

A TEACHER at a north Suffolk school accused of a string of offences against children is due to enter pleas to the charges in December.

Christopher Wilkinson, from Church Street, Worlingworth, who has been suspended from his job at Stradbroke High School, appeared before a judge at Ipswich Crown Court yesterday (Thurs) for a preliminary hearing. The case was adjourned until December 7 when Wilkinson will be expected to enter pleas to the charges he faces.

The 39-year-old has been charged with one count of grooming, two counts of making indecent images of children, two counts of sexual activity in breach of trust and seven counts of sexual activity with a child.

Andrew Bloom, headteacher at Stradbroke High School, has previously declined to comment, saying it was a matter for the police.

The school, which has one of the smallest numbers of pupils in the county at about 350, teaches children aged 11 to 16.

It was renamed Stradbroke Business and Enterprise College in 2005 after getting specialist status but adopted its old name after becoming an academy.