Sussex music teacher banned over sexual relationships with pupils

A music teacher has been banned “indefinitely” from the classroom after striking up “disturbing” relationships with two pupils.

Nathan Waring, 37, “developed an inappropriate relationship” with a 12 year old while working at a boarding prep school in Eastbourne.

Despite warnings, his conduct continued towards a second girl when he took up a job at a boarding school in Norfolk.

A misconduct panel concluded that Mr Waring “showed no remorse“.

The hearing, led by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), found Mr Waring struck up a relationship with a girl – known as Pupil A – while working at St Bede’s Prep in Eastbourne, between 2004 and 2007.

He sent text messages of a sexual nature and kissed and touched her inappropriately, the NCTL panel heard.

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The Mirror

Repton School teacher banned from teaching for sexually assaulting pupil

Teacher at private boarding school is banned from the classroom after putting his hand on a pupil’s bottom and telling her she was sending his blood pressure soaring

  • John Mitchell, 41, groped 16-year-old girl at Repton School in Derby
  • When she bent over, he told her: ‘Bloody hell. You’ll give me a coronary’
  • Father-of-four touched her leg when he drove her home after school event
  • He was cautioned by police for engaging in sexual activity with the pupil
  • Disciplinary panel banned him from teaching for minimum of two years

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The Sun

Repton School sued for for failing to protect pupil from a ‘rapist’

Teenager tries to sue prestigious £33,000-a-year Repton School for failing to protect her from a ‘rapist’

  • Police called to Repton School after 16-year-old said she was attacked
  • 17-year-old arrested on suspicion of carrying out sex assault in a park
  • But the pupil’s alleged victim now wants to sue school for negligence
  • Roald Dahl and Jeremy Clarkson were former pupils at the top school

A teenager is trying to sue a private boarding school over claims it failed to protect her from an alleged rapist.

Police were called to £33,000-a-year Repton School in Derbyshire after the 16-year-old said she was attacked.

A 17-year-old pupil was arrested on suspicion of carrying out the sex assault in a park close to the prestigious school, where Roald Dahl and Jeremy Clarkson were former pupils.

Daily Mail

Jon Snow: C4 News presenter abused at Ardingly College aged 6

The Channel 4 News presenter, Jon Snow, was abused by a domestic servant at his boarding school when he was around six years old, in 1953.

It took him years to talk to anyone about his experience: ‘It is very, very difficult to do. But it’s an essential thing to do’.

BBC News

Wycombe Abbey boarding school teacher given lifetime teaching ban for sex with pupil

A drama teacher had sex with a former pupil at a top boarding school after sending her Valentines Day messages.

Matthew McGowan, 38, touched the girl’s bottom, pulled her close to him and stroked the insides of her thighs during rehearsals for a school play.

He also wrote ‘Happy Valentines’ Day from a secret admirer 😉 ‘ in the Year 13 pupil’s diary.

McGowan was a drama teacher at the £12,600 a term all girls boarding school Wycombe Abbey School in High Wycombe, Bucks, when the incidents took place in 2013.

He also gave her his personal email address in October 2014, wrote inappropriate messages on one or more occasions and gave her his private mobile number.

He also engaged in an inappropriate relationship with “Pupil A” after she left the school and engaged in sexual activity with her on school premises on one or more occasions.

McGowan was said to have tried to get the girl to lie to police and give a false account of the nature of their relationship during the police investigation in 2016.

Teacher misconduct panel outcome: Mr Matthew McGowan

Daily Mirror

Daily Mail

Bullying: our daughter was hounded out of a top boarding school

When her teenager was badly bullied, one mother found that all that mattered to the school was its reputation

With the glorious benefit of hindsight I have no idea what we thought we were doing eight years ago when we decided to send our very urban youngest daughter to an all-girls boarding school in the middle of the countryside, miles from any form of civilisation. What misguided belief made us think that she would be happy and settled when she could visit us only every three weeks, and even then for less than 24 hours?

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First state-funded primary boarding school in the east of England

Sad news, that with all the evidence of harm from early boarding, the Sapientia Education Trust (SET) (of which Wymondham College is the founding school) has decided to open an early state boarding facility.

In April this year, SET was granted permission (by the Department for Education) to open the Sapientia Primary Prep School as part of a wave of 111 free schools around the country.

The school, for five to 11-year-olds, will create 450 places, 30 of which will be boarding, making it the first state-funded primary boarding school in the east of England.

Eastern Daily Press

Councils pressured to place children in boarding schools instead of care

The government will lean on “reluctant” councils to place vulnerable children in boarding schools instead of costly residential care, an education minister has said.

Officials will promote boarding as an alternative to care, against what Lord Nash described as a backdrop of historic “prejudice”, as part of a drive to place more vulnerable children in state and independent boarding schools.

Boarding School Partnerships, an organisation that links care charities and councils with boarding places for children, was launched earlier this year with ministerial support and funding from the Department for Education and Education Endowment Foundation.

[Is this just an attempt to prop up the failing UK boarding school industry, bedeviled by ongoing abuse scandals and Boarding School Syndrome? If they can’t fill their beds with overseas students, let’s dump looked-after kids in them and tick another box…]

Schools Week

Christ’s Hospital School teacher admits child sex attacks

A former teacher has admitted indecently assaulting schoolboys at a boarding school.

Peter Webb, 74, pleaded guilty to 11 charges related to abuse at Christ’s Hospital School, in Horsham, West Sussex, between 1974 and 1984.

The youngest of his victims was 11-years-old.

One more charge has been left on file at Lewes Crown Court. Webb, who now lives in France, will be sentenced on 12 October.

Three other men, who also taught at the school, are facing similar charges.

Gary Dobbie, 66, who lives in France, pleaded not guilty to 11 charges relating to two boys and two girls between 1990 and 1999.

James Andrew Husband, 67, from York pleaded not guilty to nine charges of indecent assault and rape against one girl between 1990 and 1993.

Both men will stand trial on 29 May next year.

Ajaz Karim, 62, from London, who is head of squash at Eton College, pleaded not guilty to nine indecent assaults and one attempted indecent assault on six females between 1985 and 1993. His trial was set for 3 April 2018.

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