Brakenhale teacher banned after hiding convictionBy Victoria Smith
February 13, 2012
A former teacher who was convicted of drink-driving while working at a Bracknell school and accused of inappropriate behaviour with pupils elsewhere has been banned from teaching.
Jason Gibbs was found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct by the General Teaching Council (GTC) last month, following a series of homophobic remarks and physical abuse towards pupils while working at three schools.
Mr Gibbs, who qualified as a teacher in 2000, worked at Brakenhale School in Rectory Lane for two months in 2004.
The GTC hearing heard how he failed to inform the Select Education agency that placed him at the school about charges and a pending court case against him.
He was convicted on June 28 in 2004 of driving a motor vehicle with excess alcohol on June 23 in 2004, while he was working at Brakenhale.
Before his work at Brakenhale, the GTC found that while Mr Gibbs was working at East Brighton College of Media Arts, East Sussex, between January 2003 and March 2003 he held a child around the back of the neck, pushed them down a grass bank and kneed them in their knee.
He also made inappropriate comments and used inappropriate language to students.
In 2008, while working at Upton House School in Windsor and Maidenhead, he was found to have made inappropriate and over-familiar remarks to students and dunked a child who was a weak swimmer while in the pool.
He was also persistently late, including missing a parents’ evening.
While working at Glenmoor Girls School in Bournemouth in 2009, he is reported to have made further inappropriate comments to pupils regarding their physical appearance and used his sister as a referee without disclosing their relationship.
Mr Gibbs received a prohibition order, which he can appeal after two years.
Bob Welch, chief adviser for learning and achievement at Bracknell Forest Council, said: “During the recruitment process we ensure that all teachers undergo stringent security checks and face-to-face interviews.
“We take our responsibilities on safeguarding very seriously and comply with all relevant safeguarding guidance. We are confident that the procedures and processes in place at Brakenhale School are both thorough and robust.”