Headteacher who kept stash of porn on iPhone banned from teaching

A headteacher who kept a stash of pornography on her school iPhone, stole £350 from the PTA collection box to pay her mortgage and doctored SAT results has been banned from the profession for life.

Catharine Jones, 42, of Oldham, was found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct and conduct that may bring the profession into disrepute by a panel of the Teaching Regulation Agency earlier this month.

The panel considered allegations that Ms Jones had failed to maintain appropriate professional standards while working as the headteacher at Stoneleigh Academy, a primary school in Oldham, from September 2012 until May 2016.

She was promoted from her role as history teacher at the school, which is now called Willowpark Academy, to head in September 2012.

Catharine Jones (pictured) has been banned for life from teaching after being found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct by a panel of the Teaching Regulation Agency

Catharine Jones (pictured) has been banned for life from teaching after being found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct by a panel of the Teaching Regulation Agency

In May 2016, two colleagues reported concerns about Ms Jones' behaviour and she was suspended.

An investigation revealed a string of misconduct offences including recording and storing pornography on her school iPhone and asked a junior staff member to transfer the images to her laptop.

The panel heard when she was given a new iPhone for work purposes in June 2015, she asked an IT apprentice to back up her previous phone's images to her laptop.

The staff member said that 'when backing up the device, he had seen images of an explicit sexual nature.'

Two other staff members reported seeing 'images of explicit sexual acts' and 'explicit sexual activity.'

Ms Jones also used the phone to badmouth teachers, texting a colleague 'personal information about members of staff and inappropriate and derogatory comments.'

She also posted jokes in poor taste and vulgar comments on her Facebook page, along with strong personal and political opinions, while making it clear she was a headteacher.

The panel also heard from witnesses who backed up allegations that she took £350 from a PTA collection box to help pay her mortgage and 'cheated' in national exams.

One witness said that she had collected money from a fair for the PTA, amounting to between £800 and £900 in June

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