1. ITV Report

Deputy head teacher banned for sex with teenagers

A deputy headteacher has been banned from schools for at least ten years for having sex with teenage girls.

Education chiefs in Swansea have launched in inquiry after Jonathan Norbury, 35, was given an £8,000 pay-off with a glowing reference despite his "sexually motivated" actions being known.

Education chiefs in Swansea have launched in inquiry after Jonathan Norbury was given an £8,000 pay-off with a glowing reference. Credit: Dimitrios Legakis

A disciplinary panel found 17 allegations of unacceptable professional misconduct proved against Norbury - two years after he was cleared of criminal charges for having underage sex with the girls in court.

The disciplinary hearing was told Norbury was a primary school teacher and a church deacon while he exchanged flirty texts and met up with the three teenagers for kissing, touching and sex.

Case presenter Cadi Dewi said: "He had a unique level of charisma and boys and girls flocked to him."

She said the girls were "chuffed" and "flattered" when Norbury began contacting them.

Father-of-three Norbury denied any sexual contact took place with any of the girls before they turned 16.

The disciplinary panel found 17 of the 20 allegations against Norbury, relating to between 2005 and 2010, proved after a two-week hearing, and amounted to unacceptable professional misconduct.

Norbury was deputy headteacher at Casllwchwr Primary School, Swansea. Credit: Google Maps

The Education Workforce Council handed Norbury a prohibition order, which will see him struck off the teaching register for at least 10 years.

Norbury was cleared in court two years ago of allegedly having underage sex with two of the girls, after insisting nothing had happened until they had turned 16.

But education chiefs launched their own investigation - and sacked Norbury from his job as Deputy Head of Casllwchwr Primary School in Swansea for gross misconduct after the trial in 2015.

Norbury was handed an £8,000 pay out after being sacked from his job and handed a glowing reference for future employment.

The reference from the council said: "Jonathan Norbury joined Casllwchwr Primary School with good references and a clear CRB check.

"While employed at the school he was a valued and conscientious teacher who always put learning outcomes and the needs of pupils first."

We welcome the decision of the panel.

Their decision demonstrates we took appropriate action in dismissing Mr Norbury and referring him to the EWC.

However we are concerned about the processes which led to Mr Norbury receiving his reference, and have therefore commissioned an independent review.

– Swansea Council spokesperson

Teachers are in a position of trust.

They have clear child protection responsibilities and it is right that they face the consequences when their conduct towards young people is found to be unacceptable.

Children of school age are emotionally vulnerable and it is completely inappropriate and wrong for adults who have access to them to exploit that vulnerability for their own sexual gratification.

– NSPCC Cymru/Wales spokesman