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Former William Allitt teacher banned from every classroom in the UK due to 'inappropriate behaviour' with pupils

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 28, 2014

By Rob Smyth

Chris Mallinson

Chris Mallinson

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EDUCATION chiefs said they were left 'disappointed and upset' after a former deputy head teacher at a South Derbyshire school was banned from all classrooms for 'inappropriate behaviour' with pupils.

Governors at William Allitt, in Sunnyside, Newhall, spoke after the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) confirmed that Christopher Mallinson, who was assistant head and head of performing arts at the school, had been banned due to his behaviour while working at the school from 1995 to when he left in 2013.

The ban was imposed on behalf of Education Secretary Nicky Morgan 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'.

William Allitt chairman of governors Steve Frost said: "I'd like to reassure parents that we take any allegation about misconduct very seriously and act immediately to take appropriate action.

"This case was dealt with by the school in 2013.

"It's very disappointing and upsetting to have our high standards and expectations let down by one of our teachers in this way, with professional misconduct found to have taken place.

"Our strong teaching and leadership team are working together to make sure we provide the best possible learning environment for our students."

Complaints against Mallinson included that he gave one girl a lift home in his car unaccompanied, kissed her on the forehead on one occasion, sat on the floor of the drama studio with his legs over hers, hugged her in the studio area of the school and made the comment to the head teacher about her "loving him to bits."

Two other complaints were that he had hugged other students.

NCTL official Paul Heathcote said: "Mallinson has acted in an overtly physical way with pupils on a number of occasions, allowing a distinct blurring of professional boundaries.

"This is despite him being warned and advised about his behaviour on more than one occasion.

"Mallinson's behaviour was not sexually motivated and there is no evidence to suggest that pupils have suffered harm as a consequence of his behaviour."

Mallinson now has the right to appeal to the High Court against the decision handed down.

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  • formerpupil  |  September 06 2014, 7:27PM

    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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  • Kickass  |  September 03 2014, 11:35PM

    He was my drama teacher 95 to 97. There was a rumour about him and one of the girls in my year but I think this was largely her fantasy. I believe his kind and caring nature left him open accusation which is really sad. I thought he was a great teacher and the whole reason I took drama. What is wrong with hugging someone?

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  • From the Ether  |  August 30 2014, 7:54AM

    Don't know this fellow but from Adam but from what I read, he cared for his pupils. If he was acting inappropriately where are the flood of complaing messages in the Burton Mail? All I read is praise. I had a teacher like this many years ago and he was an inspiration. This Saville thing has got too many people twitchy!

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  • dottykat  |  August 29 2014, 11:31PM

    What had this teacher done wrong? I would have given anything for a teacher like this when I was at school. Its ridiculous and extremely stupid that he has been precluded from working as a teacher. Whats next in our rapidly deteriorating nanny run society ... don't look at a child or you will be on the register as perverted? Did someone report this to either get back at Mr Mallinson personally or were they hoping to gain financially I wonder...

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  • ianpage123  |  August 29 2014, 9:08PM

    Totally Stupid I didn't go to this school but I know people who did and they all said Mr Mallinson was the best Teacher.

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  • FREESPEECH7  |  August 29 2014, 7:18PM

    Absolutely ridiculous! I was in Mr Mallinsons very first form in 95. There were only a handful of teachers who showed a lot of respect to their pupils and now one of them has been forced out. I think William Allitt has lost one of its best. I was looking forward to my daughter/s being taught by him. Such a shame that you can't be yourself these days. The world has gone mad and OTT. You can't look in the direction of someone without being labelled a perv. #SupportCM

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  • Thebody  |  August 29 2014, 2:55PM

    I once made a complaint to the governors regarding a threat a former head teacher at this school had made to me. I had no proof of this as there was no one else present. He denied it and they believed him. He was also horrible to my son and Mr Mallinson was the only teacher who showed my son any kindness and encouragement. The head teacher got away scot free and Mr Mallinson got the sack. I feel sure that should he decide to appeal, he can expect a lot of support from past pupils and parents.

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  • Macky  |  August 29 2014, 12:22PM

    Teaching in this area, I saw far worse offences swept under the carpet by senior teachers and child protection. Chris Mallinson is a minnow compared to the political indoctrination, political and filial nepotism, industrial scale external examination cheating, embezzlement of county funds (claiming for phantom pupils), misappropriation of funds (spending ring-fenced money elsewhere) and child abuse (both physical and sexual) that I came across. There's no point in complaining to the authorities; they already know about it.

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  • Missy2167  |  August 29 2014, 9:51AM

    It's a very sad state of affairs when all forms of human contact is banned. The report repeatedly states that there was NO ABUSE and yet, the teacher has been thrown out of a profession that he has dedicated his life to. The profession has now lost a good and dedicated teacher. This is a very sad day.

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  • sandyman  |  August 28 2014, 10:09PM

    If a kiss on the head or a hug is a risk to children then we're all a risk surely. Don't get me wrong, I am all for making sure kids arn't in the wrong hands but my gut feeling on this one is that this guy is just a bit eccentric and maybe victim of the post-saville kind of attitude of anyone doing anything remotely physical to children being made a *****phile before proven innocent. Kids these days can claim all sorts and have so much power. Unfortunately this guy maybe went too far or couldn't see that that's how it is. That's my gut feeling, I may be wrong. He obviously cared for the students involved and it just unfortunately looked dodgy and wrong. Seems like the powers that be are forced to not let you have that kind of bond or show physical signs of caring to people. What a great world we live in.

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