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Teacher Banned From Classroom

Friday, February 17th, 2017 12:00am

Jonathan Norbury had sex with teenage girls

An acting deputy headteacher from Swansea has been banned from schools for at least ten years for having sex with teenage girls.

Education chiefs in Swansea have launched in inquiry after predator Jonathan Norbury, 35, was given an £8,000 pay-off with a glowing reference despite his "sexually motivated" actions being known.

A disciplinary panel found 17 allegations of unacceptable professional misconduct proved against Norbury - two years after he was cleared of criminal charges for having underage sex with the girls in court.

The disciplinary hearing was told Norbury was a primary school teacher and a church deacon while he exchanged flirty texts and met up with the three teenagers for kissing, touching and sex.

Case presenter Cadi Dewi said: "He had a unique level of charisma and boys and girls flocked to him."

She said the girls - then aged as young as 15 - were "chuffed" and "flattered" when Norbury began contacting them.

Father-of-three Norbury denied any sexual contact took place with any of the girls before they turned 16, admitting some of the allegations took place but arguing the women had mistakenly or deliberately gotten their dates wrong.

The disciplinary panel found 17 of the 20 allegations against Norbury, relating to between 2005 and 2010, proved after a two-week hearing, and amounted to unacceptable professional misconduct.

David Harris, for Norbury, told the hearing: "Whatever his character was up until 2010, he's now a changed man."

The Education Workforce Council handed Norbury a prohibition order, which will see him struck off the teaching register for at least 10 years.

Panel chair Steve Powell said: "Mr Norbury showed no insight into his conduct and repeatedly ignored advice from colleagues.

"Though he admitted some allegations, he continued to deny others. In those denials we find he had lied.

"His conduct is fundamentally at odds with him continuing to work as a teacher.

"Although now in a stable relationship his lack of insight means the committee cannot be satisfied there will be no repetition of this type of behaviour in future.

"He engaged in sexually motivated conduct with three young girls. Two of whom were under 16 during this time.

"These girl were of varying levels of vulnerability and his actions had the potential to have a detrimental effect on them."

Norbury was cleared in court two years ago of allegedly having underage sex with two of the girls, after insisting nothing had happened until they had turned 16.

But education chiefs launched their own investigation - and sacked Norbury from his job as deputy head of Casllwchwr Primary School in Swansea for gross misconduct after the trial in 2015.

Norbury was handed an £8,000 pay out after being sacked from his job and handed a glowing reference for future employment.

The reference from the council said: "Jonathan Norbury joined Casllwchwr Primary School with good references and a clear CRB check.

"He was employed as a year six teacher with some management responsibilities and he was later appointed acting deputy head teacher.

"While employed at the school he was a valued and conscientious teacher who always put learning outcomes and the needs of pupils first."

A council spokesman said: "We welcome the decision of the panel. Their decision demonstrates we took appropriate action in dismissing Mr Norbury and referring him to the EWC.

"However we are concerned about the processes which led to Mr Norbury receiving his reference, and have therefore commissioned an independent review."

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