Teacher showered pupil with messages of love

A FORMER teacher at a Mirfield school has been banned indefinitely over an infatuation with a pupil.

Yvonne Preston, 49, showered the teenage boy at Castle Hall Academy with gifts and messages of love from December 2011 to May 2013.

A National College for Teaching and Leadership panel found English teacher Mrs Preston had abused her position.

The hearing in Coventry last Monday was told she sent him a mug and calendar which both included her home address.

Mrs Preston, who did not attend the panel and not was represented, also sent him a DVD box set, a designer t-shirt and concert ticket.

Love messages included a card which quoted lyrics from a song called “What Makes You Beautiful” by pop group One Direction.

Mrs Preston downloaded pictures of the teenager onto her work laptop and asked him to dance with her at the school prom.

She even sent an explicit text message about the boy, known only as Pupil A, to another student.

Mrs Preston, who joined Castle Hall in 2009, quit in June 2013 when the school launched disciplinary proceedings.

The teaching panel ruled she was suffering mental health issues at the time but had shown remorse.

She is banned from teaching at schools, colleges and children’s homes indefinitely but can apply for it to be lifted in two years.

The panel concluded her behaviour did not amount to a charge of serious sexual misconduct.

Panel chairman Alan Meyrick said: “This conduct fell significantly short of the standards expected of the profession and amounts to unacceptable professional conduct.

“In addition the panel also found that Mrs Preston’s actions constitute conduct that may bring the profession into disrepute.”

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