December 2017

Pervert PE teacher told pupil he’d fancied her all through school

A PE teacher at South Craven School has been struck off after a misconduct hearing heard how he told a pupil he wanted to “unwrap her” and that he liked “naughty girls”.

The National College for Teaching and Leadership found that 37-year-old Paul Cuthbertson “fell significantly short” of expected professional standards.

He was accused of inappropriate contact with several pupils, as well as with a parent of a student, between 2015 and the beginning of 2016.

He was banned from teaching indefinitely and cannot apply for the order to be lifted until at least 2019.

Cuthbertson, who had been employed by the school since 2006 and coached the girls’ football team, told one girl he “fancied her all through school and had let her get away with things because he liked naughty girls”.

He also told a pupil he wanted to kiss her, and asked her to come to his house in a box so he could “unwrap” her.

He told another girl he was going to “check out the talent in Aldi”.

In comments to the girl’s mother, the panel heard he had used the term “Bradistan” to describe Bradford and told her he was a “man in demand”.

The panel heard he also compared the school’s head to Mr Majeika – a children’s book and television series about a wizard teacher.

Cuthbertson, who was not present at the hearing, admitted some of the allegations against him, but denied sending Facebook messages to a girl, claiming his account had been hacked.

This was dismissed by the panel as “highly unlikely” as he had previously been warned about his behaviour on social media by the school’s safeguarding team.

South Craven headteacher, Andrew Cummings, said Paul Cuthbertson resigned from South Craven School in January 2016 during an investigation into unacceptable professional conduct while employed as a PE teacher.

“The school took action as soon as the allegations came to light and Mr Cuthbertson was immediately suspended,” he said.