AN acclaimed headteacher has appeared in court charged with indecently assaulting a boy 25 years ago.
Anne Lakey, 55, had been lauded nationally for her work as chief executive of the Durham Federation of Schools after overseeing the biggest improvements in GCSE results in the country.
Speaking only to confirm her name and address, the married mother-of-one was charged with seven counts of indecent assault on a boy under 16, which were said to have occurred between July 1989 and May 1990.
She has previously worked as a history teacher at a Sunderland school.
Paula Sanderson, prosecuting, told Consett Magistrates’ Court that they are historic allegations which are not suitable to be dealt with in that court.
The court heard that Lakey, from Stanley, intends to plead not guilty to all the charges. She was remanded on unconditional bail and the case will next be heard at Durham Crown Court in the new year.
The Durham Federation of Schools 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% to 80%.
Both colleges were judged “outstanding” by Ofsted school inspectors in 2011. Sir Michael Wilshaw, the Chief Inspector of Schools, praised Lakey’s “inspiring leadership”.