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Byline: Kat Keogh; Christina Savvas

A SCIENCE teacher is being investigated after saucy pictures of her were allegedly posted on Facebook, which were then seen by her pupils.

School chiefs launched an inquiry into Kirsty Cook-Bell, a teacher at Grace Academy in Chelmsley Wood, following claims that pictures had been obtained from the social networking site by youngsters at the school. The school, which is backed by a Christian charity, confirmed that an internal investigation was taking place.

It was understood the pictures under investigation showed Miss Cook-Bell in a 'semi naked' state.

The school refused to comment on the nature of the investigation, and would not say if Miss Cook-Bell had been suspended while the inquiry was carried out.

A brief statement issued by the Academy said the investigation could take at least another week to complete and the release of further details could "prejudice the case".

But the Birmingham Mail under l -stands that Miss Cook-Bell is not currently at the school. One parent, who did not wish to be named, told the Birmingham Mail the investigation was an open secret among pupils, saying: "It's the talk of the school."

Miss Cook-Bell could not be contacted for comment.

Her profile picture on Facebook showed her blowing a kiss at a camera at a party, with her face around her mouth covered in lipstick.

But, after the Mail called the school, her Facebook page could no longer be accessed.

Another photograph, posted on the Friends Reunited website, showed her in a bikini top while on a sunshine holiday. The statement, released by the board of governors at Grace Academy, con-firmed: "An internal investigation is currently taking place regarding a report about a member of staff at Grace Academy Solihull.

"Until the outcome of that investigation, which is unlikely to be before Friday 22 October, further comment would be inappropriate and may prejudice the case." The academy is sponsored by the Grace Foundation, an evangelical charity established by millionaire entrepreneur Bob Edmiston, chairman of the IM Group.

Academies are state-maintained schools which are set up with the help of sponsors outside of local authority control.

Grace Academy opened its doors to pupils four years ago and replaced the under-performing Whitesmore School.

The Grace Academy prospective lists a key aim: "To emphasise the development of moral purpose to help students become responsible young citizens who make valuable contributions to society "Leadership is, of course, a vitally important element of our success. And it adds: "Our Principal, assisted by a strong, able and dedicated team of staff, ensuresa the values and standards of the Academy are consistently reflected in the care, conduct and commitment provided to students."

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Date:Oct 14, 2010
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