Published: 14:05, 03 June 2019
| Updated: 14:43, 03 June 2019
A grammar school teacher has been accused of sexual offences involving a child.
Michael McCarthy - who teaches maths at Barton Court in Canterbury - appeared in court today, just two weeks after his arrest.
He is charged with two counts of committing a sexual offence against a child while in a position of trust.
The 46-year-old, of St Thomas Hill, Canterbury, was remanded in custody by city magistrates this morning.
He is next due in the dock at Canterbury Crown Court on June 24.
Barton Court lists McCarthy as head of Year 12 on its website.
The school's executive head teacher, Kirstin Cardus, confirmed in a letter to parents that McCarthy had been charged with "offences of a sexual nature".
She added: "I can understand that this situation will be of great concern to parents and carers of pupils at the school, but I hope you can accept that, because the legal process is under way, we are unable to comment further at this time.
"I would, however, ask that parents/students refrain from speculation about the case, especially on social media, as such comments can be misguided and could even affect the legal process.
"The safeguarding of all our students at the school is our highest priority and we can reassure you that all safeguarding concerns are always rigorously pursued by the school, including in this case, involving associated external agencies including the KCC Safeguarding Team and agreed measures put in place to safeguard our students."
McCarthy has been suspended by the school pending police enquiries.