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Kettering maths teacher sacked over sex comments

A teacher at a girls' school in Northamptonshire has been sacked after telling female pupils, "If I was your pimp, I would be very rich".

James Lumsden, a maths teacher at Southfield School for Girls in Kettering, has also received a reprimand from a professional body.

The General Teaching Council for England ruled the sex comments amounted to unacceptable conduct.

Mr Lumsden was sacked by the school's governors.

He has told the county council he is giving up teaching.

Mr Lumsden denied that a request in May 2007 that a pupil "stop shaking her boobs and sit down" amounted to a comment about her breasts.

But he admitted telling year nine pupils during a maths lesson on 16 May 2007: "If I was your pimp and had your name and number then I would be very rich."

The conversation about prostitution took place during a discussion of careers, salaries and benefits.

Summarily dismissed

General Teaching Council committee chairman, Professor Chris Cook, said: "These comments all arose as a result of Mr Lumsden being an active participant in sexualised banter which should never have been allowed to occur.

"He expressed regret for 'bantering on a wholly inappropriate topic' and for 'any upset' he might have caused.

"At the hearing before the GTC the committee did not hear an unequivocal expression of regret or apology from him."

Mr Lumsden's conduct "brings the reputation and standing of the profession into disrepute," he said.

Southfield head teacher Sue Dunford said: "The school responded immediately to complaints made by students and Mr Lumsden was suspended.

"The matter went before a governors' disciplinary panel and Mr Lumsden was summarily dismissed for gross misconduct.

"He has not been employed at the school since June 2007."

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