Teacher guilty of abduction: School statement

Bishop Bell School has issued this statement: “As a school community we have been saddened by the events which led up to this trial and the impact they have had on all concerned.

"We remain deeply shocked by the actions of Mr Forrest and his betrayal of the trust that was placed in him.

"It is important that the strongest possible message is sent to all who work with children that they hold a position of responsibility and trust for the lives, and well being, of those in their care.

"We take our responsibility extremely seriously and our safeguarding policies and procedures are robust.

"However, we are determined to implement any learning from these events to ensure that all pupils at the school are as safe as they possibly could be.”

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Child abduction teacher jailed

A teacher who used to work in a school in Sussex has denied abducting a 15-year-old girl. The case is being heard at Lewes Crown Court.