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South Derbyshire pupils support after former William Allitt teacher banned

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 30, 2014

Chris Mallinson

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MORE than 40 former pupils have come out in support of a deputy head teacher who has been banned from all classrooms for 'inappropriate behaviour' with pupils at a South Derbyshire school

Dozens of people from across the area bombarded the Mail's website and social networking sites with supportive messages after learning that Christopher Mallinson had been banned due to his behaviour while working at William Allitt, in Sunnyside, Newhall, from 1995 to when he left in 2013, by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).

More than 16,500 people viewed the story on the Mail's website on Thursday.

Ryan Hogg said: "He was a great drama teacher.

"He had a whole different approach to teaching, which I liked about him.

"He was one blooming good drama teacher."

Adam Cole said: "This man stopped me walking out of school at one of the darkest times in my life.

"And the only way he managed that was because he acted as a friend, not as a teacher. He knew when to be each role.

"He could see through the bravado of kids, and see people for who they were.

"Such a genuine guy, and the only teacher I ever felt truly cared about his pupils and what they achieved."

Brealey James said: "He was the best teacher I had and was friendly.

"And he didn't have a bad bone in his body."

The ban was imposed after it was found that, despite warnings from his head teacher, the 57-year-old had 'displayed a pattern of inappropriate behaviour and failing to adhere to professional boundaries with pupils'.

Complaints against him included that he gave one girl a lift home in his car unaccompanied, kissed her on the forehead on one occasion, and made the comment to the head teacher about her 'loving him to bits'.

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  • formerpupil  |  September 06 2014, 7:31PM

    He was my drama teacher too, I never really had a thing for drama, but he was great. I remember his lessons very clearly and it as probably the only class where you felt quite free of the normal formality of school, he was outgoing and really put energy and effort into the lessons and included everybody. I always dreaded drama because I was shy, but then I always quite enjoyed it afterwards, he tried to build your self-esteem. It doesn't surprise me that someone with such a warm and outgoing personality would be penalised for it, the lazy uninspiring teachers don't raise eyebrows. I remember doing a lesson where you partnered up and had to fall back into someone's arms, a lesson on trust and letting go of fear. I don't remember any history lessons. I guess Mr Mallinson was quite physical, I remember he'd move you by your shoulders, but not in any sexual way, in the drama teacher way. I hope he appeals, it's a real shame otherwise.

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  • livewire  |  September 01 2014, 1:09PM

    Good luck in his future.

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  • Thebody  |  August 31 2014, 1:53PM

    I totally agree that he was his own worst enemy. Standing by what he believed to be in the pupils best interest has resulted in his dismissal. Surely there is something wrong when it is quite acceptable (in fact a requirement) for a teacher to shatter a pupil's confidence ('you'll never amount to anything'), talk down to them and in some cases cause them to be afraid to go to school, but when someone shows kindness and encouragement it is unacceptable. Who makes these stupid rules?

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  • mattlong  |  August 31 2014, 12:48PM

    I do feel a tinge of sadness for this former teacher who clearly had and still has a lot to offer the profession. Whilst he's obviously been his own worst enemy in terms of failing to heed warnings, there's no suggestion this man has an inappropriate sexual interest in children. I guess this is more to do with (a) perceptions of paedophilia - which is undoubtedly the moral panic of our age and (b) the fact that teaching has changed as a profession. I bumped onto an old mate in town yesterday and he reminded me about how a teacher in our school (who will remain nameless) actually upper cutted a student in class for disrespecting him and knocked him down, before shoving him into a dark store cupboard. No one at school in the late 70s/ early 80s would have batted an eyelid at this at the time and indeed the pop group 'Madness' had a cult hit about teachers and pupils clashing in such a way in the early 80's ('Baggy Trousers' it was called). Times have moved on and standards change. I hope this guy finds a way to use his undoubted skill set.

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