Tidworth teacher banned from profession after sex remarks

Tidworth teacher banned from profession after sex remarks

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 11:23am 23rd October 2019. (Updated at 12:06pm 23rd October 2019)

Luke Snoswell made sexual comments to staff and students at Wellington Academy and at a previous school he taught at in Hampshire.

Mr Snoswell was sacked from Fair Ways school in Southampton in March 2018 after making inappropriate sexual comments to two female colleagues including telling one he wanted to have sex with her.

He then lied to get a job at Wellington Academy.

A misconduct panel heard he failed to tell the Director of Science at the Tidworth school that he had been subject to disciplinary proceedings, he also said he was sacked due to a "single incident" rather than the "multiple incidents and/or in relation to multiple individuals."

Mr Snoswell was employed as the Head of Physics at the Wellington Academy from April 2018 to July 2018.

During that three month period he told a student leaning over a table during a lesson they were "assuming the position." whilst he thrust his hips to "simulate sexuality" with another pupil.

The panel heard the 34 year year old also encouraged one pupil to have sex with another to "see what happens."

He also made comments about the loss of virginity and "made a popping noise with his finger in his mouth."

Wellington Academy Tidworth October 2018
Mr Snoswell was Head of Physics at Wellington Academy.

A panel from the Teaching Regulation Agency found Mr Snoswell's behaviour "fell significantly short of the standards expected of the profession."

Whilst acknowledging the teacher had a previously good record the panel recommended a prohibition order.

BANNED:

Alan Meyrick on behalf of the Secretary of State agreed with the panel commentating "there is some risk of the repetition of this behaviour."

Mr Snoswell has subsequently been banned from teaching indefinitely in any school, sixth form college, relevant youth accommodation or children's home in England.

He won't be allowed to apply to get the ban lifted.

However he has 28 days to appeal the decision

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