A former Belmont Preparatory School teacher has been charged with 11 online child sex offences.

Sam Phillips, 27, was arrested in south London on March 11 on suspicion of child sexual exploitation, grooming offences and possession of indecent images.

He was charged with three counts of sexual communication with a child, two counts of attempting to incite a girl to engage in sexual activity and a separate count of causing or inciting a girl to engage in sexual activity.

He was also charged with four counts of making indecent images of a child and one count of attempting to meet a girl under 16 years of age following grooming.

Phillips, from Sutton, was a teacher at Belmont Preparatory School in Mill Hill from September 2017 to March 2021.

The charges relate to a period between last December and February this year after Phillips left the school.

Met officers were contacted about the welfare of a child and concerns about possible sexual exploitation last month, prompting an investigation by the force’s North West Command Unit.

Phillips will appear in custody at Harrow Crown Court on April 10.

A spokesperson from the Mill Hill School Foundation said: “We have been shocked to learn of the charges against a former Belmont member of staff Sam Phillips, who worked as a teacher at our prep school from September 2017 until March 2021.

"These relate to alleged online offences committed between December 2023 and February 2024. Given the ongoing criminal proceedings, we cannot comment further. 

“The wellbeing of our pupils remains our absolute priority and we are committed to maintaining the safety of all the children in our care. The school has robust safeguarding procedures in place which are regularly reviewed.”