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.