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School "shocked and saddened" by teacher's child abuse conviction

The school of former teacher who was today convicted of child abuse say they are "shocked and saddened" by the findings of the court case.

36 year old Keith Ruby from Axebridge has been jailed for 10 years for sexual offences committed between 2005 and 2006. He was a rugby coach and teacher at Sidcot School.

The school have released this statement:

At Sidcot School we are all deeply shocked and saddened by the findings of this court case and our thoughts are with all those who have been affected by the actions of Keith Ruby. He has clearly broken the trust placed in him as a teacher by students, parents and the School in his conduct and it is right that he has been called to account through this trial.

It was made clear during the trial, particularly by defending barrister Michael Fitton QC, that the abuse happened after Keith Ruby left Sidcot in February 2005, and that none of the abuse took place on school premises.

However, we hold our duty of care to students as paramount and have cooperated at every stage with the authorities in their investigations. Our safeguarding procedures, both now and at the time of these incidents, are completely compliant and all necessary checks on the suitability of Keith Ruby to work with children were carried out by the School.

However, unfortunately, no vetting system can guarantee that every paedophile is identified. We are confident that Sidcot offers the greatest possible protection to its students and that the School has a justified reputation for the quality of its pastoral care, where staff work tirelessly to protect and nurture the welfare of students.

– Statement from Sidcot School

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