North East Wales

Susan England banned from state schools by General Teaching Council

A former deputy head has been banned from state schools after stealing £13,000 from an after-school club.

Susan England was given the ban at a hearing of the General Teaching Council for Wales' (GTCW) professional conduct committee at Ewloe, Flintshire.

Mrs England, from Prestatyn, who taught at Ysgol Bro Carmel, near Holywell, for 35 years, admitted seven fraud charges at Mold Crown Court last year.

She was not at the hearing and was represented by the NASUWT union.

The committee found that she was guilty of unacceptable professional misconduct because of her admission in court to dishonestly abusing her position at Ysgol Bro Carmel.

She admitted the charges at Mold Crown Court in April last year, and was given a 12-month community order.

Loss of trust

At a proceeds of crime hearing the following October, a judge ordered Mrs England to repay the £13,000 or face eight months in jail.

The committee was told that all the money had since been repaid.

Mrs England, who had once been highlighted by a schools inspector as a model teacher, was said to have been £15,000 in debt and suffering from depression after the death of her husband when she began taking money from the after-school club of which she was treasurer.

But the panel ruled that her actions meant that she was unsuitable to continue working as a teacher.

The members said she had caused a loss of trust, confidence and integrity and brought the reputation of her school into disrepute.

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