Teacher at Sandiacre school is banned for relationship with pupil

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A teacher at a school in Sandiacre started a relationship with a pupil who she went on to have sex with when he turned 18.

Joanne Clark, 33, a teacher at Friesland School in Sandicare, was found by a professional conduct panel of the National College for Teaching and Leadership to have started an inappropriate relationship with the pupil.

She has been banned from teaching.

A report of the findings of the hearing states that Ms Clarke,a social and religious teacher, engaged in the relationship, and in doing so her actions were sexually motivated.

The pupil, referred to as Pupil A, contacted the school in June 2014 to discuss a complaint.

This led to Ms Clarke emailing the headteacher to confirm that a relationship with Pupil A had occurred in 2009 and following this Ms Clarke resigned from her position with effect from August 31 2014.

Ms Clarke invited the pupil, then aged 17, to meet her dog. She went on to meet the pupil more regularly for trips to the cinemaand restaurants and they exchanged text messages.

She admitted that their relationship continued after Pupil A left the school to go on to college. The relationship developed into a sexual relationship when Pupil A was over the age of 18 and had left the school. In her written representations to the National College, Ms Clarke accepts, that their “growing friendship” may have contributed to Pupil A’s decision to leave school and go to college.

The panel considered that Ms Clarke breached the position of trust placed upon her as a member of the teaching profession.

The panel were satisfied that Joanne Clarke is guilty of unacceptable professional conduct.

A probation order - banning her from teaching - was imposed. The panel have recommended that Ms Clarke be allowed to apply to have the order set aside after a minimum of five years.