Teacher sacked at Spalding school had no qualifications

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A TEACHER at Spalding Grammar School has been dismissed after it was discovered he did not have relevant qualifications.

It is understood the teacher was a “temporary member of staff from an approved agency”.

A concerned parent, who informed the Spalding Guardian of the teacher’s absence, said she had been told he “had no degree, no teaching qualification and not even A-levels”.

She said: “I wonder how penetrating the interview was and, of course, it reflects badly on senior management that he taught from September until May without any checks.”

Nigel Ryan, headteacher at Spalding Grammar School, said: “As is usual practice in many schools, we used an approved agency to employ a temporary member of staff.

“It became clear that this teacher did not have the relevant qualifications and we can confirm he is no longer employed by the school.

“In accordance with the approved agency’s terms and conditions, it is the agency’s responsibility to carry out the appropriate checks and we will be reporting this matter to the relevant authority.”

Mr Ryan wanted to reassure parents that pupils’ work has not suffered. He said: “We have moderated all the work completed by pupils he taught.

“This work is up to the expected standards.

“Another teacher who previously worked here has been re-employed to take over the position.

“We have made all the students he taught and their parents aware of the situation.”

Spalding Grammar School is currently advertising for “a teacher of English”.

The advert states: “Spalding Grammar school are looking for an enthusiastic teacher of English to join a well-established department.

“The successful candidate will be expected to teach thoughout the school, including A-level.”

Paul Reid, headteacher at St John The Baptist Primary School in Spalding, remains absent.

Police have confirmed they are still investigating an allegation at the school.

A spokesman said: “Lincolnshire Police have been contacted in connection with an allegation made at the school and officers are currently conducting enquiries.

“At this early stage, we are unable to state the nature of the allegation.”