The Telegraph is one of a number of papers reporting a relationship between a teacher, who is also the husband of the head teacher, and a pupil at prestigious girls’ school Woldingham in Surrey…
Dr John Triffitt, 54, will never be allowed to teach again after he exchanged a series of ‘highly personal’ texts, emails and phone calls with a teenage girl and arranged meetings with her alone.
The husband of Jayne Triffitt, the head of the £27,000-a-year school since 2007, kept a diary towards the end of his relationship with the pupil to record his feelings towards her.
The student wrote letters to Dr Triffitt in which she took the blame for the discovery of their communications.
An internal investigation brought the case before a panel at the Government’s Teaching Agency, where Dr Triffitt was found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct.
The Teaching Agency report states that he ‘engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a vulnerable student which exploited his position of trust’.
After the student ‘confided and discussed a number of highly personal matters with Dr Triffitt’, they began exchanging emails and their relationship became ‘increasingly co-dependent’.
The report describes the student as ‘a highly vulnerable and susceptible individual’, and states that Dr Triffitt ‘took deliberate steps to contact Student A and then sent highly personal communications through text, email and Skype in order to engage and develop the relationship.”
Dr Triffitt ‘did not bring the communications to the school’s attention’ and did not identify any concerns with the issues of vulnerability which Student A was exhibiting. We are satisfied that Student A was a highly vulnerable and susceptible individual.
The report states: ‘This means that Dr John Triffitt is prohibited from teaching indefinitely and cannot teach in any school, sixth form college, relevant youth accommodation or children’s home in England.
‘Furthermore, in view of the seriousness of the allegation found proved against him, I have decided that Dr John Triffitt shall not be entitled to apply for restoration of his eligibility to teach.’