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Gordonstoun teacher waits for fitness to practice verdict

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A former Gordonstoun teacher will soon hear if he has been struck off the teaching register following a conviction for child porn offences.

Samuel Henley, who was a maths teacher at the £32,000-a-year Moray school, was fired after he was caught with the images.

His case went before a General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) panel yesterday.

Police searched his parents home in July 2010 and found sexual images featuring boys and girls as young as 8-years-old on a computer.

Henley was convicted in February this year after pleading guilty to six charges of making indecent images of a child between May and July 2009.

He was sentenced to a conditional discharge for two years and placed on the Sex Offender’s Register for the same length of time.

The disgraced teacher has also been made subject to a Sexual Offences Protection Order for a period of five years.

None of the images are believed to feature students at Gordonstoun, which educates around 600 boys and girls with alumni including the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Charles.

In a statement released last week, a spokeswoman at Gordonstoun said: “The school recruited Mr Henley as a teacher of mathematics in September 2009 following the normal recruitment procedure which includes an enhanced Disclosure Scotland check against police records.

“Mr Henley’s employment at the school was terminated as soon as we became aware of the gravity of the allegations in August 2010. The police confirmed that the images concerned in the charges against him preceded his employment at the school.

“We take child protection extremely seriously at Gordonstoun and we are committed to providing a safe and nurturing environment for all our students.”

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