Rudolf Steiner School in Kings Langley.

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Mr McCarthy stated his bodily contact with pupils was “healthful” and “grandfatherly”

A former instructor who claimed he had acted in a “grandfatherly” manner by hugging pupils and letting them sit on his lap has been banned from instructing.

Denis McCarthy, 66, who taught at a Rudolf Steiner Faculty in Hertfordshire for 33 years, was discovered to have acted “inappropriately” with six youngsters.

Nevertheless, an expert conduct panel was not persuaded that his actions had been sexually motivated both.

Mr McCarthy stated bodily contact was “healthful” and for pupils’ profit.

He was employed on the unbiased Rudolf Steiner Faculty in Kings Langley from 1983 till January 2017, when he was dismissed over dad and mom’ considerations concerning the degree of bodily contact he had with their youngsters.

An expert conduct panel checked out allegations relating to 6 pupils between 2009-2016, within the classroom, at a faculty summer time truthful and on a tenting journey.

These discovered to be confirmed included hugging, permitting them to sit down on his knee and, in a single case, “drawing letters” on a woman’s again utilizing his finger.

A Teaching Regulation Agency report said: “Mr McCarthy said that the bodily contact that he had was ‘healthful’ and for the good thing about the pupils as he acted in a grandfatherly method.

“This specific contact was, nonetheless, diminished because the pupils progressed in direction of puberty.”

The panel discovered Mr McCarthy’s behaviour had been “inappropriate” and his conduct amounted to severe misconduct however the proof was “not ample” to influence them there was any sexual motivation.

Mr McCarthy was banned from instructing for at least three years.

The varsity closed final summer time after quite a lot of Ofsted inspection studies stated it was failing in its safeguarding necessities, although its kindergarten has reopened.

An announcement on its web site stated: “A number of youngsters and households had been let down by the varsity, resulting from an insufficient tradition round safeguarding.

“All these points are being comprehensively and conclusively rectified.”