Former deputy headteacher had ‘made career of being perverted’
A FORMER deputy headteacher who made a “career of being perverted and sadistic” has been given a 19-year extended sentence.
Grahame Brennand, 71, indecently assaulted 22 girls and inflicted cruelty on two boys between 1973 and 1989 while he taught at St John’s Primary School in Baxenden, near Accrington, Lancashire.
Brennand was convicted of the offences following two separate trials at Preston Crown Court and will serve at least half of 16 years in custody before an extended licence period of three years on release.
Sentencing him, Judge Philip Parry told the defendant: “Over that 16-year period you systematically and brazenly sexually abused young girls and you beat, humiliated and demeaned young boys.
“You showered your favourite female pupils with praise and attention before and no doubt in order to sexually abuse them – we would call that grooming now.
“And you assaulted and illtreated young boys, treating them with contempt, and subjected them to humiliation and violence often in front of the rest of the class, adding to their sense of humiliation and helplessness.
“You have now been found by two separate juries to have made a career of being perverted and sadistic, almost in equal measure.”
The court had heard the “arrogant” strict disciplinarian abused his victims in the classroom, often in plain sight but away from the gaze of colleagues as he covered the windows and door of his class with sugar paper.
Brennand also created situations outside of the classroom to commit his abuse – on his canal boat, during swimming lessons and at a first aid club he started which required girls to wear gym clothes.
Judge Parry noted that Brennand must have felt “untouchable” as he served under two headteachers who “appeared completely ineffective” in stopping his offending as complainants were fobbed off.
One pupil was chastised for daring to challenge a senior and “well respected” member of staff.
One of his victims in the current court case did report her abuse in 2013 and gave a statement to police but the allegations were not pursued. Brennand, of Calder Avenue, Freckleton, Preston, was impassive throughout the sentencing hearing.
The ex- deputy head indecently assaulted 22 girls and beat two boys.