A teacher from the Rudolf Steiner School in Kings Langley has been banned from teaching indefinitely.
A professional conduct panel found Denis McCarthy had failed to maintain appropriate professional boundaries and/or professional standards in his relationships with six pupils.
But allegations that he had pushed a 10-year-old pupil against a wall and pulled her underwear down and that he was seen going in and out of the girls’ tents on a school camping trip were dismissed. Mr McCarthy categorically denied these allegations and that his behaviour was sexually motivated.
A report summing up the panel’s findings, published yesterday (Monday), stated: “The panel was of the view that prohibition would be both proportionate and appropriate. The panel decided that the public interest considerations outweighed the interests of Mr McCarthy. The constant pattern of Mr McCarthy’s conduct over a number of years and despite warnings being given, was a significant factor in forming that opinion.
“Accordingly, the panel recommended to the Secretary of State that a prohibition order be imposed with immediate effect.”
Mr McCarthy was sacked for gross misconduct in 2017 and the school has since been ordered to close.
For a full report on the hearing, see April’s My Kings News