Married music teacher, 37, had 'sexual' relationship with 12-year-old girl then was caught drink driving to another pupil's birthday party

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A married music teacher had a "sexual" relationship with a 12-year-old girl before being caught drink driving to another pupil's birthday party.

Nathan Waring, 37, exchanged sexual messages with the first student while teaching at a £19,490-a-year prep school, a misconduct hearing heard.

This then developed into him kissing the girl, giving her massages and touching her "including under her clothes over her underwear", it was said.

When the relationship first began, the student, known only as Pupil A, was just 12 years old.

Waring then moved to a director of music role at a £34,000-a-year boarding school, where details of the first relationship surfaced.

After an investigation, he was allowed to continue teaching but was given strict rules about relationships with pupils by the school's head.

But Waring the panel found that flouted the rules and engaged in 'flirtatious' behaviour with another female pupil, before lying about taking time off so he could meet her.

The teacher exchanged sexual messages with Pupil A while teaching at St Bede's School in Eastbourne, East Sussex, the misconduct hearing heard (file picture)
The teacher exchanged sexual messages with Pupil A while teaching at St Bede's School in Eastbourne, East Sussex, the misconduct hearing heard (file picture)

In 2015, he and his colleagues attended the second student's birthday party.

He got a lift back to the boarding school "safely", but decided "of his own accord" to drive back to the party, the hearing heard.

He was caught drink driving and later convicted of the offence, the National College for Teaching and Leadership was told.

Waring, who resigned from Gresham's School in Norfolk on October 9, 2015, has now been banned from teaching for life.

The hearing heard how he first began exchanging messages of 'a sexual nature' on the former social media site Meebo with Pupil A in 2004.

At the time, he was working at St Bede's School in Eastbourne, East Sussex.

In late January 2008 Pupil A disclosed to a tutor that something had happened between herself and a teacher, the hearing heard.

That same month, Waring became director of music at Gresham's, where he started a 'flirtatious' relationship with the second girl, Pupil B.

Panel chairman John Armstrong said: "In February 2008 Mr Waring took a period of leave whilst investigations into Pupil A's disclosure were undertaken.

"In May 2009 Mr Waring was provided with a written set of rules and guidelines by the headteacher of Gresham's school, regarding his behaviour with students.

"This instruction was allegedly ignored by Mr Waring in 2011 and again in 2015 with a pupil, Pupil B, whilst this pupil was attending Gresham's school."

Waring did not attend the hearing. The panel found the diaries of Pupil A proved the sexual relationship was real and not a fantasy.

Mr Armstrong said: " The panel felt that the diary was a contemporaneous account of events in Pupil A's life and was entirely consistent with a diary for a girl of that age.

Waring later started working at Gresham's School in Norfolk - but resigned on October 9, 2015 (file picture)
Waring later started working at Gresham's School in Norfolk - but resigned on October 9, 2015 (file picture)

"The panel also noted that the diary captured the highs and lows of the relationship with Waring and detailed when Pupil A felt rejected.

"The panel concluded that it was clear that the diary entries were a true representation of Pupil A's life as if this had been a fantasy/fabricated version of events then the panel felt Waring would have featured more heavily and Pupil A would not have discussed the rejection that she received from Waring, instead she may have preferred to present a 'fairy-tale' version of events.

"The panel was also mindful of the fact that later references to Waring within Pupil A's diary became coded to enable Pupil A to hide this relationship had her diaries ever been read.

"Had Pupil A fabricated this story then the panel felt that these references would have been more obvious so that the reader would understand who she was referring to."

The panel rejected Waring had been suffering from "a great deal of professional and personal stress".

Mr Armstrong said: "In respect of Waring's relationship with both Pupil A and Pupil B, the panel considered that this was borne out of the position of trust that Waring was in.

"The panel noted that the relationships with both Pupil A and Pupil B extended past the point at which the pupils were students at the school and Gresham's school but it was clear to the panel that these relationships were founded when both Pupil A and Pupil B were students.

"The panel also considered that, despite the fact that Waring had received warnings about his behaviour on multiple occasions and the fact that he had previously been subject to an investigation into the disclosures made by Pupil A, this pattern of behaviour continued.

"The panel also took into account that Pupil A would have only been 12 years old when the relationship first began and would have been 13 years old at the height of the relationship.

"The panel confirmed that Waring's behaviour went as far as being deep-seated and harmful.

"The panel also had regard to the aggravating factors in this case and note specifically that: the behaviours were repeated despite warnings.

"The behaviours were sustained over a long period of time and were not one off aberrations and lastly the unique conditions around teaching music which involve significant one to one contact should make all music teachers particularly conscious of the need to maintain boundaries.

"The panel also noted that no evidence was proffered by Waring which provided an alternative viewpoint to the allegations submitted and showed no signs of remorse."

The hearing heard that Waring had been convicted of drink driving at Norfolk Magistrates’ Court and "disqualified from holding or obtaining a driving licence for 18 months".

It was also told that a lift had been arranged for him on the day of Pupil B's birthday party.

“Despite this and being returned back to Gresham’s school safely, he decided of his own accord to drive his car back to Pupil B’s party,” Mr Armstrong said.

“The panel commented that Mr Waring had made the active decision to return to the party and drive his car.

“The panel felt that this demonstrated a cavalier attitude and put the lives of himself and members of the public at potential risk and therefore amounted to unacceptable professional conduct.”

Dawn Dandy, on behalf of the Secretary of State for Education, rubber stamped Waring's ban on teaching for life.

She agreed with the panel's finding that "Waring's behaviour was 'sexually motivated' and described Waring's attitude as 'deep seated, repetitive and dishonest in its nature.'"

She said Waring was "prohibited from teaching indefinitely and cannot teach in any school, sixth form college, relevant youth accommodation or children's home in England".

"Furthermore, in view of the seriousness of the allegations found proved against him, I have decided that Mr Nathan Waring shall not be entitled to apply for restoration of his eligibility to teach," she added.

Scott Blair - UK News
By Scott Blair - UK News 11/10/2017 13:03:00