A HEADTEACHER who won national praise for improving her schools has appeared in court to deny historic indecent assault charges on a boy under 16.
Anne Lakey, 55, who previously taught at a school in Sunderland, briefly faced Teesside Crown Court to enter not guilty pleas to seven counts.
The case was then adjourned for trial, starting on June 8, and Lakey was remanded on bail.
Lakey, from Stanley, County Durham, was lauded nationally for her work as chief executive of the Durham Federation of Schools after overseeing the biggest improvement in GCSE results in the country.
The organisation includes Durham Community Business College in Ushaw Moor, and Fyndoune Community College in Sacriston.
Fyndoune has previously been named the country’s most improved secondary school after the number of pupils achieving at least five GCSEs, including maths and English, rose from 26 per cent to 80 per cent.
Both colleges were judged “outstanding” by Ofsted school inspectors in 2011. Chief Inspector of Schools Sir Michael Wilshaw praised Lakey’s “inspiring leadership”.