AN EX-associate head teacher from Hampshire has been jailed after he was convicted of child sex offences.

Michael Herrity, who worked at Twynham School, Christchurch, was convicted of five counts of indecent assault and three of indecency with a child following a trial at Portsmouth Crown Court.

He was jailed for six years.

Herrity, 44 and of Top Lane, Ringwood, was at Twynham, in Sopers Lane, until May 2016.

At the time the school was under the leadership of executive head teacher Dr Terry Fish, who retired last year.

The new head of the school, Jy Taylor, has emailed parents about Herrity.

The message reads: “Mr Herrity has recently been found guilty of a number of historic incidents of indecent assault. The incidents date back to the early 2000s and well before his period of employment at Twynham School.

“Mr Herrity has not worked at Twynham School since May 2016 when we were first made aware of the allegations."