A former teacher at Thomas Clarkson Academy in Wisbech who sent ‘sexually motivated’ messages to a student has been banned from the profession for life.
Gary Crossley, who worked at the school between July 2013 and January 2020, received the ban following an investigation into his behavior which concluded last month.
The allegations against Mr Crossley included giving his personal details to a pupil at the school summer dance, contacting the pupil on several occasions, meeting the pupil alone more than once, messaging the student about their personal and personal relationships, attempting to get hired as a math tutor, and sending messages that are “inappropriate or sexual in nature.”
Her communication with the student was described as “sexually motivated”.
These offenses took place between September 2017 and September 2019.
He was also accused of breaching professional boundaries with a former student around September 2017.
He exchanged contact information with the student, messaged them multiple times, asked them out to eat multiple times, messaged them regarding the breakdown of his personal relationship, and told the student ” “hope your panties didn’t get wet” or words to that effect.
Mr Crossley admitted the allegations and that his behavior amounted to “unacceptable professional conduct and conduct likely to discredit the profession”.
“No exam period”
The Teaching Regulatory Agency (TRA) admitted that Mr Crossley was “incredibly sorry and ashamed of his actions”, but concluded that it would be inappropriate not to recommend a ban for Mr Crossley.
Policy maker Sarah Buxcey said: ‘There was a strong public interest consideration when it came to protecting pupils. A restraining order would therefore prevent such a risk from arising in the future.
“In my view, the complete lack of insight means that there is a risk of this behavior repeating itself and it jeopardizes the future well-being of students.
“I therefore consider that the absence of a review period is necessary to maintain public confidence and is proportionate and in the public interest.
‘This means that Mr Gary Crossley is not eligible to teach indefinitely and cannot teach in any school, year six college, young people’s accommodation or children’s home in England. Moreover, given the seriousness of the facts alleged against him.”
Principal Richard Scott said: ‘We are delighted that the Teacher Regulatory Agency has banned Mr Crossley from working in Schools for Life and we fully support their decision. When Mr. Crossley’s inappropriate behavior first came to our attention, we immediately suspended him and launched an investigation. Mr. Crossley was officially fired in January 2020, the day after an internal disciplinary hearing at our academy.
“The protection and well-being of students is our top priority and we strive to ensure that all enhanced background checks are carried out for any member of staff. No concerns were reported to us regarding Mr. Crossley.
“We have worked closely with local authorities and the police in this case and hope this decision brings some closure to those involved. His behavior was inexcusable and a lifetime ban was the appropriate course of action.