Jane Woolfenden has been banned from teaching (Picture: MEN Media)
A headteacher caught smuggling vodka into school from her car boot has been struck off.
Jane Woolfenden, 55, went out to fetch the bottle at lunchtime and hid it in her handbag before heading back inside Lyndhurst Community Primary School, in Dukinfield, Greater Manchester, in July 2018.
She admitted drinking some with the mixer during her break after being reported by a colleague who spotted the bottle when she accidentally kicked the bag over.
A Teaching Regulation Agency panel ruled Mrs Woolfenden had ‘failed to maintain high standards of behaviour’ and banned her from teaching.
The hearing was told another whistleblower reported seeing her tipping ‘a glass of fizzy orange juice down the sink in the toilets’ a day later.
But no alcohol was found on the premises on that occasion and Mrs Woolfenden denied the allegation, which was therefore not proven.
The panel found that Mrs Woolfenden ‘did have a previously good history’ and was handed a number of testimonials in support of her.
Jane Woolfenden admitted sneaking a bottle of vodka into her handbag from her car boot (Picture: MEN Media)
She took the bottle into Lyndhurst Community Primary School, in Dukinfield (Picture: Google Maps)
They included accounts from two fellow headteachers, one of whom spoke of her ‘honesty, humanity, humility and strength of moral purpose for the school and the community she serves’.
Mrs Woolfenden was banned from teaching at all schools, sixth form colleges, youth accommodation and children’s homes in England.
She can apply for the ban to be reviewed in three years’ time.
Lyndhurst Community Primary School declined to comment.
Source : https://metro.co.uk/2021/05/19/headteacher-struck-off-after-drinking-vodka-and-orange-at-lunchtime-14607175/