Teacher, 38, banned from classrooms after being found with cocaine

By Lucy Todman | Leominster | News | Published:

A former teacher has been banned from the classroom indefinitely after using cocaine.

Queen Elizabeth High School in Bromyard where William Evans taught. Picture: Google StreetView

William Evans taught at the Queen Elizabeth High School in Bromyard on the Shropshire/Herefordshire border until he resigned from his post in October 2016.

The 38-year-old appeared at a hearing of the National College for Teaching and Leadership’s professional conduct panel last month.

They determined that the former design and technology teacher should be banned from teaching indefinitely.

Mr Evans had been found in possession of a number of small plastic bags containing cocaine and also tested positive for cocaine in October 2016. He received a police caution, which he later disclosed to senior staff at the school. However, he denied that he was guilty of conduct that may bring the profession into disrepute.

A report of the hearing, which took place on October 11, said: “The panel is satisfied that the conduct of Mr Evans in relation to the facts found proven, involved breaches of the Teachers’ Standards.

"The panel therefore finds that Mr Evans’ actions constitute conduct that may bring the profession into disrepute.”

Lucy Todman

By Lucy Todman

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star and Shrewsbury Chronicle based in Shrewsbury.

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