Llandrindod teacher Penelope Haddon drank in class

A teacher suspected of drinking white wine from a water bottle in class has been found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct.

Penelope Haddon drank alcohol at Llandrindod Wells Church in Wales Primary, Powys but was not under its influence, a disciplinary panel ruled.

The General Teaching Council for Wales told Miss Haddon, who was not present, to take an alcohol awareness course.

She no longer works at the school and had denied the claims.

Miss Haddon was accused of bringing alcohol into work on two consecutive days in May last year and being under the influence of alcohol on those days.

The panel found she brought the alcohol into work and drank it on one day but rejected the other allegations.

The chair of the panel Helene Mansfield said: "Miss Haddon had not shown any insight into her failing".

She said she had not demonstrated an awareness of the issue of drinking in the classroom.

Witnesses told the hearing earlier that she had smelled of alcohol.

Andrea Burton, a student on placement from Coleg Powys, said: "She was quite stumbly, walking around the class."

Miss Burton told the panel that Miss Haddon smelled of alcohol, as did the empty bottle which she later recovered from the classroom bin.

Bottle residue

She said: "I was concerned for the children."

Senior teacher Janice Baynham said she also smelled alcohol on Miss Haddon's breath, and was aware that she had had worries about the health of her parents at that time.

The hearing was told that deputy head teacher Colin Williams had tasted residue from the bottle and believed it to be white wine.

Huw Roberts, presenting the case, said the serious allegations had been backed up by "consistent and compelling witnesses".

He said: "It doesn't bear thinking about what could have happened."

The disciplinary panel suspended Miss Haddon from teaching in maintained and non-maintained special schools until 31 August, on condition she takes an alcohol awareness course.

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