A TEACHER who made sexual advances to pupils has been suspended from teaching at £3,000- a-term Denstone College.
Emma Walpole was suspended for three months after a finding that she was guilty of unacceptable professional conduct.
The General Teaching Council was told before it imposed the suspension that Walpole had taken lifts from three of her pupils, made sexually provocative comments to one during the journey, and invited another into her home where she tried to kiss him.
A GTC disciplinary committee heard that the incidents happened between September 2007 and June 2010 while she was working at Denstone College, Denstone.
It found that she engaged in around 25 inappropriate telephone text message exchanges with a year 13 student, Pupil A, between May 2010 and June 2010, of which some were of a sexual nature.
It said that, on May 28 2010, she requested that he give her a lift in his car and made "sexually provocative" comments to him during the journey.
On the same day, she accepted a lift in the car of another Year 13 student, Pupil B.
Then, on an unknown date, she "behaved inappropriately" with a third Year 13 student, Pupil C, by accepting a lift in his car, inviting him in to her home, offering him alcohol even though he was underage, and attempting to kiss him.
The committee said that she also socialised with students in public houses on May 28, 2010 and June 16, 2010.
Its decision states: "The committee has determined that Ms Walpole’s behaviour fell short of the standards expected of a registered teacher and was behaviour which involved a breach of the standards of propriety expected of the profession.
"Her behaviour demonstrated a failure to establish and maintain appropriate professional boundaries in her relationships with her year 13 pupils." Although it noted that she had apologised, it added: "This was behaviour which had the potential to seriously affect pupils and undermines the trust and confidence that the public place in teachers to maintain professional boundaries. This is a serious episode of unacceptable conduct." Issuing a Suspension Order that bars her from the classroom for three months, it said: "The committee feels that a suspension of three months is an appropriate sanction in this case. It marks the seriousness of the issue but recognises that Ms Walpole should be allowed to continue her career in teaching in due course." Denstone College said in a statement: "Emma Walpole worked as a teacher at Denstone College from September 1, 2007 until June 28, 2010 when she resigned.
"The reason for her resignation was related to behaviour falling below the levels expected of a teacher at Denstone College, details of which were passed to the ISA (Independent Standards Authority) in July 2010.
"The ISA passed the details to the GTC who decided it was necessary to hold a hearing.
"Denstone College expects high standards of behaviour from its employees.
"The college will always take appropriate action over any behaviour that falls short of these high expectations." Ms Walpole has a right of appeal to the High Court within 28 days.