Oundle Prince William School 'love note' teacher banned

Prince William School in Oundle Image copyright Google
Image caption Mr Clark had resigned from Prince William School on 10 February 2014 due to health concerns, the panel heard

A teacher who told a pupil he was "falling in love" with her has been banned from the classroom indefinitely.

Ross Patrick Clark, who met the girl while working at Prince William School in Oundle, sent a her a handwritten letter containing a gift of £500 cash.

The 39-year-old also sent five "inappropriate" emails to the girl between November 2013 and March 2014.

A professional conduct panel said "his behaviour fell significantly short of the standards expected".

Mr Clark was found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct at a National College for Teaching and Leadership hearing earlier this month.

A disciplinary panel heard how Mr Clark had resigned from Prince William School on 10 February 2014, citing health concerns.

In the emails sent to the girl, known only as Pupil A, he had "disclosed inappropriate details about his personal life," they said.

He told her "he wanted to escape, run away" and was going to "smoke a couple of joints... and miss out most of tomorrow", the panel said.

In an email sent a day before his resignation, Mr Clark stated he was "falling in love" with Pupil A, a statement she said was "inappropriate" and "unsettling".

The girl's father contacted police after the letter containing the money was delivered to her home in June 2014.

Mr Clark offered it "in order to absolve his guilt", the panel concluded.

The teacher can not apply for the prohibition order made against him to be lifted for at least four years.

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