A FORMER sixth form head at an Isle of Wight school has been banned from UK classrooms for life after having sex with one of his pupils and keeping pornography on a school computer.
The ban was imposed on former Medina High School teacher Andrew Paterson — now teaching in Moscow — following disciplinary proceedings brought by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).
The panel found Paterson guilty of unacceptable professional conduct for having sex with the girl, failing to maintain appropriate boundaries with pupils and that he had stored pornography on a school computer.
Department of Education deputy director for teacher regulation Alan Meyrick ruled on behalf of education secretary Michael Gove: "There is a clear escalation of misconduct which culminates in a finding that Mr Paterson had sexual intercourse with the pupil at his home.
"This misconduct is a serious betrayal of trust, an example of the most serious sexual misconduct."
For more on this story, please see today's Isle of Wight County Press, Friday, August 23.