Simon Murch: Sheffield primary school teacher charged with rape of girl under 13 in Stoke-on-Trent

Police in Staffordshire were called about an alleged rape that took place on Sunday.
Watch more of our videos on Shots! 
and live on Freeview channel 276
Visit Shots! now

A Sheffield primary school teacher has been charged with the rape of a child.

Simon Murch, 54, from Sheffield, is due to appear at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court on August 21 charged with the rape of a girl under 13.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

The 54-year-old teaches at Sheffield’s Monteney Primary School, Parson Cross.

In a statement today, the CEO of Steel City Schools Partnership, Nicola Shipman, said: “Following media coverage about a member of staff, on behalf of Steel City Schools Partnership and Monteney Primary, [...] we are working closely with all agencies, including the police, to ensure all processes are being followed correctly.

“We will provide information, as required, to these agencies. We can confirm that all safeguarding training, records and practices are all up to date and rigorously applied by all.

“No further statement will be made at this time.”

Murch is also the regional joint secretary for the National Education Union in the city, and has now been suspended from duties.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

A spokesperson for the union said: “As soon as the union was made aware of the very serious charges, the national officers of the NEU met and have suspended the individual from membership and all elected positions with immediate effect. We will be making no further comment at this time.”

Related topics: