July 2017

Cambridge headteacher guilty of trying to meet teenage boy he groomed

A Cambridge headteacher who was a child protection officer for his school has pleaded guilty to grooming a young boy and attempting to meet him – but was caught by police.

Glyn Knowles, who was acting head of private Cambridge International School which has campuses in Cherry Hinton, Abington and in Bateman Street, Cambridge, has been sacked immediately and the school has broken the “incredibly shocking news” to parents.

Knowles’ victim had no connection to the school.

The 50-year-old of High Street, Puckeridge, Hertfordshire, appeared before Hatfield Remand Court, based at Hatfield Police Station, on Monday, July 17 where he pleaded guilty to attempting to meet a boy under 16 years of age following grooming (section 15 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003).

Police were called to Bishop’s Stortford at 2.30pm on July 14 to reports a man was attempting to meet a person he believed to be a teenage boy.

Knowles was stopped in a vehicle on The Causeway and arrested.

Cambridge International School is for children aged 3-16 and students come from 32 countries and speak 27 different languages.

In a letter to parents, Nick Rugg, of the International School Partnership which manages the school, said: “I am writing to you further to the release of information regarding Mr Glyn Knowles which has come to our attention over the weekend.

“Based on this information, I wanted to get in touch to let you know that, with immediate effect, Mr Knowles has been dismissed from Cambridge International School.

“Mr Knowles has pleaded guilty to a charge of attempting to meet a boy under the age of 16 years of age following grooming (section 15 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003). I can confirm there is no link to any CIS student.