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Education Matters: Kerb-crawling head quits.

Byline: By Neil Connor

A "hard-working and dedicated" Midland head teacher has resigned from his job after being caught kerb crawling.

Jeffrey Williams, head of high-performing High Arcal School, in Sedgley, stood down after he was caught prowling the streets of a notorious red light district in Wolverhampton.

John Freeman, director of children's services at Dudley Council, confirmed the resignation following the conviction last week.

He said: "Jeff Williams has resigned from his post as head teacher of High Arcal School following a court conviction.

"The local authority was not informed of Mr Williams's arrest, or the court hearing until the conviction and cannot comment further on it.

"As a head teacher Mr Williams has been hard working and dedicated to his job with the authority for the last 14 years. We are sad to accept the resignation."

Coun Liz Walker (Con Amblecote), Dudley Council's lead member for education, said she would not have called for Mr William's resignation.

The 60-year-old has publicly apologised for his behaviour. He said he had been under stress and "deeply regretted" his actions.

He appeared before Wolverhampton Magistrates' Court for the offence last Tuesday and was fined pounds 300 and ordered to pay pounds 50 costs.

Vice officers spotted Williams, of Sutton Barnes, Newport, in his Toyota Rav 4 in the All Saints district of the city the previous Wednesday. He admitted the offence.

Williams took over High Arcal in 1992 and improved school performance and morale. He is pictured on the website of the school, where he speaks of its excellent reputation since its foundation in 1961.

Police take a zero-tolerance approach to kerb crawling in Wolverhampton and regularly charge men looking for sex, as well as naming and shaming them in the local press.
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