Altrincham teacher who was awarded the MBE streaked while on a school trip (From Messenger Newspapers)
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Altrincham teacher who was awarded the MBE streaked while on a school trip
8:00am Thursday 21st February 2013 in News
A GRAMMAR school teacher who was presented with an MBE by the Queen has been banned from the classroom – after he streaked naked in front of pupils on a camping trip.
David Bradley, 59, also undressed in a shower area where children, aged 12 and 13, were naked and on another occasion he hugged a female pupil.
He also presided over a urinating competition between students from North Cestrian Grammar School, in Altrincham, on the outward bound trip between November 4 and 6, 2011.
The incidents took place when he was in charge of 11 pupils who were staying at the Solwaybank centre in Dumfries and Galloway, in Scotland.
Last month married Mr Bradley, from Hale Barns, was found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct for streaking.
He told a Teaching Agency panel: "I thought 'what the hell are you doing? I've not done this before why am I doing it now?"
On Tuesday, education secretary Michael Gove banned him from teaching indefinitely but he is permitted to apply for the ban to be lifted in February 2015.
A Teaching Agency spokesman said: "We are satisfied on the evidence that he took the conscious decision to agree to streak, then moved out of his sleeping bag, removed his boxer shorts and then ran with pupils in the garden."
Mr Bradley said that he could not explain why he had behaved in that way, but claimed that in November 2011 he was close to cracking up due to stress and the pressure of work.
The Teaching Agency spokesman added: "Mr Bradley confirmed that there were no complaints raised by any children, and the children had found it hilarious."
In their recommendation that he should be struck off, the disciplinary panel said: "Your behaviour failed to ensure the maintenance of appropriate boundaries which are essential in order to ensure that a teacher's position of trust, responsibility and authority are upheld."
Mr Bradley, who taught for 37 years, also admitted he had undressed in front of male students while they showered and sat a male pupil on his knee, but this was ruled not sufficient to amount to misconduct.
Mr Bradley said he hugged a female pupil but he was cleared of misconduct when he claimed he held her because he feared she was suffering from hypothermia.
He also admitted asking two boys if they were having a urinating competition before saying 'ready steady go', but this was also ruled not inappropriate behaviour.
An allegation that he suggested giving a pupil a forfeit by putting their bare bottom on the cold grass was found unproven.
The English master was awarded an MBE in 2008 for services to young people after running schemes for the Duke of Edinburgh's Award for 30 years.
Speaking after the hearing in Coventry last month, he said: "The thing that comes out of this is how out of date I am.
"What is viewed as normal today seems to have gone to a frightening situation where an adult can't be near to a child without being accused of something. I'm aghast." Mr Bradley has 28 days to appeal the ruling.