James Stewart Sentencing

Posted on October 6, 2017 by Ryan Hyman

Today, James Stewart, former principal of Sawtry Village Academy, was sentenced to four years imprisonment for his crimes.

Mark Woods, Chief Executive Officer of Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust, said: “The presentation of the case by the prosecution made completely clear the destructive impact that Mr Stewart’s absence of leadership over an extended period has had on the local community and school.”

“The school has undergone dramatic improvements since joining our trust and is now in a very strong position with consistently strong academic results and strong leadership.

“However, we need our partners including the Educational Funding Agency and Cambridgeshire County Council to support us by making the significant investment required to address the legacy of neglect apparent in the buildings. The local community has united behind our New Building Strong Future campaign with over 1000 offers of support so far and some wonderful acts of local generosity.  After having been failed for so long this community deserves a school that they can be proud of.”