Teacher from Northampton who was convicted of drink-driving banned from teaching

Northampton School for Girls
Northampton School for Girls

A former Northampton School for Girls art teacher, who had been given a suspended prison sentence for drink-driving, has been banned from the country’s classrooms indefinitely.

Caroline Bradbury, 60, who resigned following suspension in 2013, was given a 12-month jail sentence suspended for two years by magistrates and banned from driving for three years in January 2011.

There was no evidence to suggest her actions were anything other than deliberate

NCTL official Paul Heatchcote

In addition, a National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) disciplinary panel has now found she had on three occasions appeared to be intoxicated at school because of “inappropriately applied medication”.

Finding that pupils may have been at risk, the panel said she was guilty of unacceptable professional conduct.

The findings read: “The panel noted that other members of staff believed she was not capable of taking care of pupils and safeguarding pupils because of her demeanour on these occasions.”

“The panel also finds, on the balance of probabilities, that Mrs Bradbury did create a situation whereby pupils could be at risk” and that they were satisfied she was guilty of unacceptable professional conduct.

The indefinite ban was imposed on Bradbury on behalf of Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, by NCTL official Paul Heathcote.

However, he ruled that she can seek to have the ban lifted after three years though she would have to appear before another panel. It will not be lifted automatically.

He said: “The panel have found proven a range of allegations all in respect of behaviours whilst under the influence of alcohol. They have judged that those behaviours and conviction amount to unacceptable professional conduct, conduct that may bring the profession into disrepute and conviction of a relevant offence.”

Mr Heathcote said it was clear to the panel that Bradbury had a previous good history but continued : “However there was no evidence to suggest her actions were anything other than deliberate and there was evidence that she remained in denial as to the extent of her problem with alcohol.

“The panel have judged there to be a continuing risk if she were allowed to continue teaching.

“I agree with the panel’s recommendation that prohibition is an appropriate and proportionate sanction.”

Bradbury has the right to appeal to the High Court against the findings.