A SCHOOL has offered to meet with concerned parents after it emerged that a former volunteer has been convicted of possessing indecent images of children.

Last month paedophile Steven Worrall was sentenced for offences of downloading indecent images of children as young as aged three.

Worrall, aged 26, of Arthur Street, Little Lever, was given a community sentence for three years, placed on the sex offenders’ register for five years and made subject to a sexual harm prevention order of 10 years.

Following the sentencing it came to light that Worrall had been a volunteer at Mytham Primary School in Little Lever for two years between 2015 and 2017, and is understood to have worked in Reception and Year One.

In line with the school’s procedures Worrall, who had no previous convictions, had been subject to enhanced DBS checks and it is understood that he was never allowed to be alone with a child.

A police investigation found he downloaded indecent images of children between March 2, 2018 and May 1 this year — several months after he stopped volunteering at the school.

Shocked parents and the school learnt about the conviction through reading The Bolton News and, as pupils returned to school this week, headteacher, Angela Bogle, wrote to parents inviting them to meet with her if they have any concerns.

A spokesman for the school said: “Senior leaders and governors are aware of the recent conviction of an individual who was once a supervised volunteer at Mytham.

“The offences took place after his time volunteering at the school.

“The school had not been made aware of the charges against the individual or the court proceedings.

Greater Manchester Police have since confirmed there was no link between the reported offences and any Mytham pupils.

“We followed all relevant safeguarding procedures with the recruitment and supervision of this individual.”