An Aylesbury Grammar School teacher who was found to have behaved in a sexual way towards a 15-year-old girl has been given a lifetime classroom ban.
Jeffrey Tansey, 40, initially believed the girl he met via an adult online dating site was over 18 but she soon made him aware of her real age.
The panel has found that Mr Tansey’s actions showed a serious lack of judgment and deliberate disregard for safeguarding protocols and that this amounted to misconduct of a serious nature.Alan Meyrick, deputy director of the National College of Teaching and Leadership
He nevertheless arranged to meet her for what was described as a ‘date’ and during this meeting in 2012, he held hands with her and twice kissed her on the lips, before agreeing to meet her again.
The IT teacher claimed he met her in order to assess her vulnerability and alert the authorities to prevent her from putting herself at risk in the future.
However, the National College For Teaching and Leadership panel said it ‘did not find this explanation credible and noted a number of inconsistencies with his earlier accounts’. It ruled that Tansey’s behaviour was of a sexual nature.
The panel was of the view that it was ‘unlikely that Mr Tansey would ever gain the necessary insight to demonstrate his understanding of why his conduct was
inappropriate and that this would pose an ongoing risk to vulnerable young people in the future’.
It therefore ruled that his teaching ban should be indefinite.
Alan Meyrick, deputy director of the National College of Teaching and Leadership, said: “This is a very serious case. The panel has found that Mr Tansey’s actions showed a serious lack of judgment and deliberate disregard for safeguarding protocols and that this amounted to misconduct of a serious nature.”
Mark Sturgeon, headmaster of Aylesbury Grammar School said: “The school was made aware of an allegation of inappropriate conduct by a teacher in relation to a young person.
“The alleged behaviour was unconnected with his role at the school and no current or former students of Aylesbury Grammar School were involved in the matter.”
He said the school acted ‘promptly in suspending the teacher’ pending investigations and was subsequently sacked in November 2012.
He added that ‘Aylesbury Grammar School takes its safeguarding obligations very seriously and is committed to keeping children safe in education’ and the school co-operated fully with external investigations.