A former Berkhamsted teacher has been banned after allegations of sexually motivated behaviour with a student were proved in a Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA) investigation.
Joel Walker joined Egerton Rothesay School in 2014, where he was both a PE teacher and form tutor. A number of allegations of inappropriate behaviour were levied against him by Pupil A, who said that he began to make sexual comments when she was in Year 11.
Some of Mr Walker’s offences included telling Pupil A “your arse looks incredible”, and informing her that he had had a sexual dream about her. At one stage, Mr Walker invited Pupil A alone into a classroom and held a ruler to his groin.
Another incident occurred on a school assault course.
Pupil A said: “We began to race through the course, and while inside could not be seen by anyone outside. Mr Walker began to get quite physical with me, grabbing me and at one point pulling me back on top of himself on the floor.”
Mr Walker was also found to have provided alcohol to Pupil B, a minor.
Mr Walker was suspended from his role in April 2019 and resigned the following month.
Following the recent TRA decision, Mr Walker is hereby “prohibited from teaching indefinitely and cannot teach in any school, Sixth Form college, relevant youth accommodation or children’s home in England”.