Teacher Compiled Staff 'Fit List' With Pupils And Targeted Ginger Student
A teacher who compiled a "fit list" with his students, which ranked his fellow staff according to their looks and bodies, will continue in the profession, a tribunal ruled.
The hearing also heard that Nathan Woodville, a geography teacher at an academy in Watford, lost his temper and threw a computer mouse so hard that it broke. He also made a derogatory comment to a ginger haired pupil, telling the student to "sit down and stop being ginger" in front of the class.
On another occasion following a staff party, Woodville upset a fellow male teacher by making comments regarding his colleague's sexuality and simulated anal sex with him. The panel noted that the pair remained on good terms.
The General Teaching Council (GTC) found the accusations against Woodville proven after students told a teacher that they had compiled the list with Woodville, saying: "Don't worry Miss, you're on the list, I voted for you, you're pretty."
Another teacher said Woodville had voted her onto the list because she has "a really good body" while a third was told by Woodville that teachers were rated on being the "fittest" or "hottest". Woodville told the GTC that three teachers were conspiring to oust him as subject leader so one of them could take over, but this was dismissed as being "inherently unlikely".
Woodville joined Francis Combe School in September 2007 and was appointed subject leader despite being recently qualified. A few days into the job, he told a group of students: "I don't want any crap outside my office. When it's snowing I'll let you in but now you can piss off outside."
After admitting that he had acted improperly no further action was taken by the school over the incident. But a few months later Woodville was accused of using inappropriate language in a year nine class, including the words "f**k", "c**t" and "s**t". The teacher denied using the obscene language but the allegation was found proven.
Kim Tyrell, chair of the disciplinary panel, concluded that Woodville had "shown insight into his failures and has expressed remorse for them". He is now a "far more mature individual", she said.
"This is a case which does not require it to impose a sanction. The finding of unacceptable professional conduct alone is sufficient to maintain standards," Tyrell added.
Woodville is now teaching at Lea Valley High School, London, and has since been nominated for a Pearson Teaching Award.