Teacher banned from classroom for telling a girl he was ‘falling in love with her’

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A teacher from Prince William School in Oundle has been banned from the classroom for four years after telling a girl he was ‘falling in love with her.’

Ross Patrick Clark (39), who taught at Prince William School, Oundle, was banned for a minimum of four years after disciplinary panel findings that he, among other things, had told a girl pupil he was “falling in love” with her and on one occasion gave her £500.

The National Council for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) found him guilty of unacceptable professional conduct

A hearing heard he had also sent her an email on one occasion in which he stated that he was “crying” as he responded and he was “weak”, “pathetic”, “unfair” and a “terrible person”.

NCTL deputy director, Alan Meyrick, said the allegations were “serious” and that Clark’s behaviour “fell significantly short of the standards expected of the profession.”

However, he added: “I consider that a four year review period will allow a sufficient time period for Mr Clark to develop the necessary insight and reflection to address his serious departure from the personal and professional conduct elements of the teachers’ standards.”

The decision means Clark will be entitled after four years to seek to return to teaching.

He has the right to appeal the decision to the high court.