A teacher employed at a West London school has been barred “from teaching indefinitely” for kissing a student, and having a picture of the student as his home screen with the text “I’m your b***h hehe.”
James Quinlan taught Latin at The Holland Park School between September 2014 and July 2017, and continued to have an “inappropriate relationship” with the pupil even after he was sacked in 2017.
A professional conduct panel, which sat on March 22, found Quinlan guilty of having the improper relation with the pupil, referred to as Pupil A.
The panel was informed that the relationship only came to light when Quinlan’s then-colleagues “noticed what appeared to be an inappropriate message from Pupil A on Mr Quinlan’s personal mobile phone.”
A photo of Pupil A was duly found on Quinlan’s phone home screen.
Quinlan met with the school’s headteacher on March 13, 2017 where he was told he’d be suspended while the investigation was carried out.
The conditions of his suspension were that he could not enter the school’s premises, and that he must not have contact with any of the school’s employees or students.
The police were told of the investigation, and Quinlan was subsequently arrested at his home on March 19, 2017 in the presence of Pupil A.
On July 14, 2017 Holland Park School held a disciplinary hearing which Quinlan was invited to, but declined to attend.
It resulted in Quinlan’s summary dismissal on the grounds of gross misconduct.
After a police investigation, he was arrested and subsequently accepted a police caution under Section 16 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.
The panel found Quinlan to be guilty of numerous sexual offences, developing an inappropriate relationship with the pupil via giving out his mobile number, and kissing them.
He was also found guilty allowing Pupil A to stay at his home.
It was ruled that it was in the public interest that Quinlan “is prohibited from teaching indefinitely” and “in view of the seriousness of the allegations found proved against him” will not be entitled to apply for a review.
The Holland Park School was contacted for comment.