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School responds to criticism after teacher's relationship with pupil

Staff at a school in Sussex "repeatedly failed" to protect a schoolgirl who was abducted by a teacher - according to a damning report on the Bishop Bell School in Eastbourne.

Jeremy Forrest was jailed for child abduction and sexual offences against a 15-year-old girl. But a Serious Case Review says the maths teacher's colleagues ignored the warning signs and did not listen when other children raised concerns over the relationship.

Our report is followed by an interview with the Executive Headteacher of the school, who apologised for the failings.

Sister of jailed teacher speaks exclusively to ITV

The sister of a teacher, jailed for having an intimate relationship with a fifteen year old schoolgirl, has exclusively told ITV it's wrong to call him a paedophile.

Jeremy Forrest from Sussex was sentenced to five and a half years last week for child abduction and sex offences.

Forrest taught at a school in Eastbourne. It's understood his wife is now divorcing him. Watch Malcolm Shaw's report.


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Forrest family ‘would support marriage’ after jail term

The sister of jailed teacher Jeremy Forrest has told Daybreak that his family would stand by him if he chose to marry the 15-year-old he was charged with abducting.

Carrie Hanspaul said: “If they’ve managed to survive all of this and if he stays in there [prison] all that time – she’ll be 21, he’ll be 35, there are age gaps like that.

“That then would become a normal relationship and we would obviously support them if that’s what they choose to do.”

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Jeremy Forrest's family are 'trying not to judge'

Jeremy Forrest's sister has told Daybreak that her family are "trying not to judge" her brother or his actions.

Carrie Hanspaul, sister of Jeremy Forrest Credit: Daybreak

Forrest was sentenced last week to five and half years for five charges of sexual activity with a child and one count of child abduction.

Speaking about her brother's time in prison, Carrie Hanspaul said: "He's been doing brilliantly, he's done a lot of work with a lot of other prisoners".

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Paedophile is the 'wrong word' for Jeremy Forrest

The sister of jailed teacher Jeremy Forrest has told Daybreak that paedophile is the "wrong word" to use for her brother.

Forrest was jailed for five and half years last week on five charges of sexual activity with a child and one count of child abduction.

Carrie Hanspaul said: "She was 15, she's not 11. Underage, but the general definition of a paedophile is somebody who is interested in pre-pubescent girls generally under the age of 11.

"I think it's wrong that that's what he's been branded," she added.

Ms Hanspaul said both families had "been through enough pain" and that when the press referred to her brother as a paedophile it made "an already difficult situation worse".


What drove teacher to have relationship with girl?

So what drove the teacher to encourage a relationship with a girl half his age? Then to abduct her when the truth came out? The court heard that Jeremy Forrest abused his position of trust as a teacher, and took advantage of a vulnerable teenager. Could more have been done to stop him?

Malcolm Shaw has been looking at the background to the case. Interviewees: Dr Lisa Turner, expert on child-teacher relationships; and Jim Forrest, Jeremy's father

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