Siobhan McHugh claimed she had a medical degree
Siobhan McHugh claimed to have a medical degree to land a job as a biology teacher at £10,000- a-term Haileybury school.
The 32-year-old was banned from the profession after a teaching panel found she was not medically qualified and had spent “an inappropriate amount of time” with two pupils.
The National College for Teaching and Leadership heard Ms McHugh spent time alone with an 11-year-old pupil despite their not being in her class at the school in Hertford Heath, Herts.
She was banned from the teaching profession
Haileybury took quick and appropriate action when routine procedures highlighted cause for concern
And she failed to distance herself from another child, whom she described as “clingy” to a colleague, at a ceilidh in the historic school’s 500-acre grounds.
The panel also ruled she put the girls’ rugby team at risk in acting as a pitchside medic on the basis of her false qualifications.
The teacher, who was fired last May after eight months at the school, had also invited pupils to her home but this was not deemed inappropriate.
She was fired from Haileybury School last May
She has been banned from teaching indefinitely and will not be able to apply to teach again.
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Deputy director of teacher regulation Alan Meyrick said the panel’s findings against McHugh “involved dishonesty towards pupils, colleagues and parents; inappropriate behaviour with pupils; and a failure to follow the advice of colleagues”.
He said it was in the public interest that pupils should be protected and that “public confidence in the profession could be seriously weakened” if such conduct “were not treated with the utmost seriousness”.
Haileybury is an independent boarding school
Founded in 1862, Haileybury is an independent boarding school for 750 boys and girls aged 11 to 18 and the alma mater of former prime minister Clement Attlee.
A spokeswoman said: “Haileybury took quick and appropriate action when routine procedures highlighted cause for concern. Pupil wellbeing has always been and remains our top priority.”