HEADTEACHERS at a Buckinghamshire school have spoken out to reassure parents after a former sports teacher was jailed over a string of sexual crimes against children. 

Jonathan Reynolds, of Nalders Road, Chesham, was convicted on Friday, November 24 over 17 counts of sexual offences, including against children as young as under 13.

He was jailed for a total of nine years and four months. Full details of the conviction here.

The 30-year-old was working as a Sports Manager at the Disraeli School, High Wycombe, at the time of his arrest on March 22, 2022. However no offences took place at the school or involved pupils, Thames Valley Police has confirmed.

Following the conviction, the school’s co-headteachers Jo Pikulski and Jo Gowers said: “This upsetting case against a former Sports Manager at Disraeli School has been active for some time and we are aware of the sentencing. 

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“We want to reassure that the safeguarding and wellbeing of our pupils is, and always has been, our utmost priority. We continue to have rigorous processes in place in regard to both safeguarding and wellbeing, as well as robust vetting and recruitment procedures. 

“When we were informed of the arrest, we took immediate action to suspend the individual, he did not return to school and was then dismissed at the earliest opportunity.  We have worked closely with the Local Authority, and the police during the investigation and thank the police for their swift action in bringing this person to justice.”

The school held two meetings with parents to provide reassurance about the investigation and rigorous safety measures in place at the school on Monday, November 27, with staff from Buckinghamshire Council also attending.