The ex-head teacher at Hillside First Primary School, Chris Hood, was head of the Hillside First school when Nigel Leat was a teacher of the school. Mr Leat was convicted of 36 sexual offences including attempted rape and sexual assault of a child under 13.
He was given an indeterminate prison sentence with 8.5 years to be served before being considered for parole.
The disciplinary panel imposed the ban after finding that he was guilty of unacceptable professional conduct. The Panel found that he had fallen significantly short of the behaviour expected of the profession. The Education Secretary, Mr Gove backed the call for the ban and has said that he agrees that the sanctions are appropriate.
Mr Hood will now be banned from teaching indefinitely in any school, sixth form college, relevant youth accommodation or children’s home in England.
The Panel found that Mr Hood had not met his responsibilities as Head Teacher, failed to take appropriate action on a number of incidents brought to his attention and ultimately failed to secure a safe environment for children who came into contact with Mr Leat at the school.
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