Headteacher who used school funds to build ‘sex dungeon’ banned from profession

James Stewart, 74, was executive principal at Sawtry Village Academy in Cambridgeshire until 2014 when the Department for Education launched an investigation into his running of the school. The Independent reports

He was convicted of fraud and misconduct in public office for offences between 2011 and 2014, and was jailed for four years in October 2017.

The former teacher defrauded the school of some £100,000, the BBC reported at the time, which he used to pay off credit card debt and bills. He also turned an office into an “inner sanctum” where sex toys and condoms were found.

A Teaching Regulation Agency panel has now concluded that it was “proportionate” to ban Stewart from teaching indefinitely.

The report said: “Whilst Mr Stewart previously had a good record, the panel found no evidence that the teacher’s actions were not deliberate, nor was he acting under duress.

It said the panel took into account the “significant detrimental impact on the financial position of the college and the more lasting damage to the education of its pupils during this period, together with the longer term reputational damage as a result of Mr Stewart’s actions”.

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  1. Anonymous

    He is 74 so I don’t think he will loose sleep over his job loss not to mention his very comfortable pension.

  2. Anonymous

    The question is why it took 3 years after it was first reported and then led to a 2 million bail out for the school.

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