South East Wales

Primary school teacher smelling of alcohol suspended

Cwmffrwdoer Primary School, Pontypool Image copyright Google
Image caption Karon Thomas-Larkin was dismissed by the school

A primary school teacher has been suspended from the teaching register for a year for turning up to classes smelling of alcohol.

Karon Thomas-Larkin, 47, taught five and six year olds at Cwmffrwdoer Primary School, Pontypool.

She was later dismissed by the school after turning up smelling of alcohol seven times in a six-week period.

She admitted unacceptable conduct at a General Teaching Council for Wales hearing in Cardiff.

The disciplinary panel was told the incidents followed a period of sick leave, after a serious illness where she was treated in intensive care.

Her union representative, David Browne, told the hearing: "This is a particularly sad case of health issues which had an impact on the set of circumstances."

The panel said her behaviour fell short of that expected of a registered teacher and "undermines public trust and confidence in the profession".

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