‘Attractive’ teacher in her 20s was suspended from her college job after she refused to have sex with 51-year-old married boss who called her ‘Little Miss Angelic’, misconduct panel hears
- Stuart Ford, 51, showered teacher with gifts and money after giving her position
- Teacher told hearing that she was suspended after she rejected his advances
- Mr Ford denies unacceptable professional conduct and the hearing continues
A teacher was suspended from her college job after she refused to have sex with her married boss, a misconduct panel has heard.
The teacher told how Stuart Ford, 51, showered her with gifts and money while trying to seduce her and even called her ‘Little Miss Angelic’ and ‘Babe’ after giving her a position at Coleg Gwent in Pontypool, South Wales.
The woman in her 20s – named only as Person A – told the disciplinary hearing that department head Mr Ford suspended her without reason after she rejected his advances.
During the misconduct hearing, the teacher, who appeared by videolink, said Mr Ford gave her money including a deposit for a holiday and paid for her to have a new tattoo.
He also took a bottle of Malibu to her home, would bring coffees into her classrooms and even offered to buy her a new mobile phone.
The teacher told a misconduct hearing how Stuart Ford (pictured), 51, showered her with gifts and money while trying to seduce her after giving her a position at the college
She said: ‘I started to think that it wasn’t a professional relationship and he was only interested in me because I was young and attractive.’
The woman told how Mr Ford would repeatedly call her ‘Little Miss Angelic’ and ‘Babe’ in text messages after he gave her a job at the college despite her lack of teaching qualifications.
The teacher said: ‘I thought he had developed feelings for me.
‘I felt I was employed because he wanted a relationship with me and one that was physical in nature.
‘When I was not going to give that to him he was trying to get rid of me.’
The woman told the Educational Workforce Council hearing that Mr Ford then suspended her from her job at the college and said that a complaint had been made against her.
But she said Mr Ford gave her no details of the complaint and that no one gave her official notice of the suspension.
She continued: ‘He did not want me at the college any more and I did not know how to deal with it.
‘My suspension affected me a lot because I couldn’t understand what I could have done wrong.’
The woman told how she suffered mental health problems following her suspension and that while later off sick Mr Ford made her redundant.
The woman in her 20s – named only as Person A – said Mr Ford even called her ‘Little Miss Angelic’ and ‘Babe’ after giving her a position at Coleg Gwent in Pontypool, South Wales (pictured)
Mr Ford had worked at Coleg Gwent for 20 years and was head of school for business and construction before an investigation into his behaviour began in 2018.
Presenting officer Lisa Jones said college bosses received an anonymous complaint that Mr Ford was absent during the school day and not doing his job.
She said: ‘Three members of staff raised further concerns as to how the business department was being run.’
Ms Jones said Person A later contacted the college and requested to be interviewed as part of the investigation.
Mr Ford also faces a series of allegations of his running of the college’s business school which if proved could see him struck from the teaching register.
He is not attending the online hearing and is not represented but the panel heard he denies unacceptable professional conduct.
The Educational Workforce Council hearing continues.
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