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INDEFINITE BAN: Woman banned from teaching following historical unprofessional misconduct with student

 Published on: 21st February 2024   |   By: Panayiota Demosthenous   |   Category: Uncategorized

A former Hemel Hempstead teacher has been banned after it was found that she had engaged in professional misconduct and sexual activity with a student in the 1980s.

Sally-Anne Bowen, now 63, was a science teacher at Christ College, Finchley, from September 1986 until July 1988.

According to the allegations, Bowen had met a student outside of school, took him to the pub, purchased him an alcoholic drink, and allowed him to visit her home, before engaging in sexual activity with him. Bowen denied the allegations in full.

The student stated that he and Bowen first started talking on the bus they both used to get to and from school and would often get off at the same stop and walk her to her home address. Bowen stated that she did not speak to the student whilst on the bus.

The student said that at the time he “loved her”, and alleged that Bowen had told him the same.

Bowen alleged that the student was “a pest, a nuisance… and generally hassled her”, but when cross-examined, she confirmed that the pupil was never unpleasant or unfriendly.

The student then alleged that he and Bowen engaged in sexual intercourse.

After leaving Christ College, Bowen went on to teach at a school in Hemel Hempstead.

Teaching Regulation Agency chief executive Marc Cavey said: “The panel has found some of the allegations proven and found that those proven facts amount to unacceptable professional conduct and/or conduct that may bring the profession into disrepute.

“The panel note that this misconduct was committed prior to the introduction of the Teacher Standards. However, it is also clear in its view that Bowen’s conduct fell significantly short of the expected standards of a teacher.

“This means that Ms Sally-Anne Bowen is prohibited from teaching indefinitely and cannot teach in any school, Sixth Form college, relevant youth accommodation or children’s home in England.”

Photo credit: Djharwood

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