Sussex

Worth School teacher struck off after affair with pupil

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Image caption Singing teacher David Brown had an affair with the pupil while at Worth School in West Sussex

A singing teacher who had sex with a sixth-form student and sent her a picture of himself in the bath has been banned from teaching for life.

David Brown, 46, had an affair with the pupil while at Worth School, near Turners Hill, in West Sussex, in 2015.

A professional conduct panel heard he urged the girl to take drugs and bought her an iPhone on which they could text.

He admitted unacceptable professional conduct and conduct that may bring the profession into disrepute.

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The National College for Teaching and Leadership panel was told that Brown was employed as a "peripatetic" singing teacher at the independent Catholic boarding and day school from September 2012.

The girl joined the school as a student a year later.

The panel heard that between June and December 2015 Brown sent the girl text messages encouraging her to take drugs, indicating that he had also taken them.

He also sent her a picture message of himself in the bath, messages which were of a sexual nature, and had sex with her on one or more occasions.

As well as buying her an iPhone, Brown also provided the pupil with free singing lessons and a paid part-time job which, the panel said, "could be seen as an attempt to foster a relationship, which the panel regard as inappropriate".

The panel ruled that Brown was banned from teaching indefinitely and cannot teach in any school, sixth form college, relevant youth accommodation or children's home in England.

He would also not be able to apply for restoration of his eligibility to teach.

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