Female teacher, 32, at £30,000-a-year boarding school is struck off after lying about 'medical degree' and having 'inappropriate' relationships with pupils
- Siobhan McHugh, 32, lied to get job as biology teacher at Haileybury in Hertford
- Spent time alone with 11-year-old pupil who was not in her class in her laboratory
- Failed to distance herself from student she called 'clingy' at school ceilidh dance
- Endangered pupils as a rugby medic on basis of false qualifications, panel heard
A female biology teacher at a prestigious public school has been struck off after having 'inappropriate' relationships with pupils and lying about a medical degree.
Siobhan McHugh claimed to have the degree to land the job at £10,000-a-term Haileybury boarding school, which has famous alumni including former Prime Minister Clement Atlee and film director Christopher Nolan.
The 32-year-old was struck off after a teaching panel found she was not medically qualified and spent 'an inappropriate amount of time' with two pupils.
Siobhan McHugh, a teacher at a prestigious public school, has been struck off after having 'inappropriate' relationships with pupils and lying about a medical degree
The National College for Teaching and Leadership heard that Ms McHugh spent time alone with a child as young as 11 - who was not even in her class - after lessons finished at her biology laboratory.
She failed to distance herself from another unnamed child, whom she described as 'clingy' to a colleague, at a ceilidh dance within the historic school's huge 500-acre grounds.
The panel ruled she also put the girls' rugby team at risk of injury acting as a pitchside medic on the basis of her false qualifications at the school in Hertford Heath, Hertfordshire.
The panel heard the teacher, who was fired after working at the independent school for eight months, invited pupils to her home but this was not deemed 'inappropriate'.
The report, signed by Alan Meyrick, read: 'This means that Ms Siobhan McHugh is prohibited from teaching indefinitely and cannot teach in any school, sixth form college, relevant youth accommodation or children's home in England.
'Furthermore, in view of the seriousness of the allegations found proved against her, I have decided that Ms Siobhan McHugh shall not be entitled to apply for restoration of her eligibility to teach.'
She claimed to have the degree to land the job at £10,000-a-term Haileybury boarding school in Hertford, Hertfordshire (pictured)
The school, pictured in the 1930s, boast alumni including former Prime Minister Clement Atlee, film director Christopher Nolan, and racing driver Stirling Moss
It concluded: 'In light of the panel's findings against Ms McHugh which involved findings of dishonesty towards pupils, colleagues and parents; inappropriate behaviour with pupils; and a failure to follow the advice of colleagues, there is a strong public interest consideration in respect of the protection of pupils.
'Similarly, the panel considers that public confidence in the profession could be seriously weakened if conduct such as that found against Ms McHugh were not treated with the utmost seriousness when regulating the conduct of the profession.'
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The panel found that her invitation to a group of pupils to her lodgings within the school grounds was connected to the organisation of the rugby team.
It ruled that a meeting at a colleague's house following an onsite dog show was also found to be appropriate in the circumstances.
Haileybury was founded in 1862 as the Haileybury Imperial Service College and is a co-educational independent boarding school for 750 boys and girls aged 11 to 18.
The school's director of external relations Donna Cresswell said: 'Ms McHugh ceased to be employed by the college in May 2016 having worked there for eight months.
'Haileybury took quick and appropriate action when routine procedures highlighted cause for concern.
'Pupil wellbeing has always been and remains Haileybury's top priority.'
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