Overjoyed parents have vowed to help a Doncaster headteacher back to work after he was cleared of child sex allegations.
John McEnaney, 60, head of Woodlands Primary School, was found not guilty at Doncaster Magistrates’ Court this week of rubbing himself against an 11-year-old girl and squeezing the bottom of another.
Now a group of mums who have backed the head, suspended from teaching throughout his ordeal, have pledged to get him back behind his desk after he was freed on both counts.
Mr McEnaney, who was named Doncaster’s best headteacher at a Free Press education awards ceremony last summer, had strenuously denied the allegations which were said to have taken place on July 11 and 18 last year.
The court heard that when Mr McEnaney, 60, first heard of the allegations he was “horrified” and said: “Since that day, I have been suspended as head. After a twenty years as a very successful head, I have been quite despondent but it it something I have had to deal with.”
The court was told that Mr McEnaney had been headteacher for 10 years at Woodlands Primary - and was of “impeccable” character, overseeing a string of outstanding Ofsted reports.
In March last year he was diagnosed with diabetes and also broke up with his wife and had sought advice from school governors to establish if his personal problems had affected the professionalism of his job.
He said: “I explained that things were not going smoothly for me. They said they wouldn’t have known as my performance was as it always was.”
Mr McEnaney, of Park Drive, Sprotbrough, has since reconciled with his wife but told the court that at the time he had been “extremely upset” and “very, very lonely and very sad.”
Now a group of mums, who supported Mr McEnaney through his trial are leading the campaign for him to return.
Outside court, Kasandra Wood said: “He is a fantastic headteacher.
From the moment I found out about the allegations, I never believed them. We are going to fight our hardest to get him back.
Fellow mum Laura Green said: “Mr McEnaney is innocent and I am glad it has been proven. Now he needs to get his name back and we are all ready to help him do that.”
Louise Gibson said: “It should never have come to court.”
“He has turned the school around and has been an inspiration.
“The case should never have come to court in the first place.”