January 2020

Former Head of English at one of Britain’s top private schools faces jail over child sex abuse images

A former teacher at one of Britain’s top prep schools is facing jail for downloading child sex abuse images.

Dr Paul Dean, the former head of English at The Dragon School in Oxford, admitted three counts of making indecent images of children. 

Shortly after his conviction The Dragon School released a statement to worried parents apologising for having to share ‘the distressing news’.

In an email, headmaster Crispin Hyde-Dunn and Governor Chris Jones: ‘We are very sorry to have to inform you that Dr Paul Dean, a former member of staff, has pleaded guilty to charges relating to viewing indecent images of children on his personal laptop computer.

‘We have been reassured by Thames Valley Police that there is no evidence that any offences took place on the school premises, or related to current or former Dragon pupils.

‘We can assure you that as soon as we were made aware of this police investigation, the individual was suspended with immediate effect and shortly afterwards his contract was terminated with the Dragon.

Dean retired from full time teaching in 2015 but had still been employed by the school on a part-time basis. 

He was suspended as soon as the Thames Valley Police investigation started in 2018 and sacked shortly afterwards. 

During the hearing at Oxford Magistrates Court in December, Dean pleaded guilty to making three explicit images of the highest category – A, as well as three images in category B and nine images of category C.

The offences all took place in Oxford on or before January 31, 2018.

The 66-year-old, who lives in Oxford, was due to be sentenced last Friday but the case was adjourned for a pre-sentence report and he has been remanded on unconditional bail. He will appear before magistrates again on February 26.

The Dragon School was founded in 1877 by a group of Oxford University dons for their own children and is for pupils aged from four years to 13-years old.