July 2022

Paedophile ex-teacher of Sutton Coldfield school struck off and will never teach again

A leading school said “there are no safeguarding concerns”after a paedophile teacher was struck off for possessing indecent images of children.

He will never be able to teach again and was given a suspended prison sentence.

Nicholas Jones, aged 27, taught at Sutton Coldfield’s Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School from September 2018 for one academic year.

In 2020 he admitted to possessing indecent images of children and received a 14 month prison sentence which was suspended for 24 months.

A professional conduct panel of the Teaching Regulation Agency decided in May to fully prohibit Mr Jones from practising as a teacher and deny him the opportunity for a future review of the prohibition. A statement made by the panel reads: “The panel accepted that Mr Jones had shown some insight and remorse into his behaviour.

“However, the panel were concerned that the pre-sentence report referred to Mr Jones being a “medium risk of committing further sexual offences” and that there was no evidence presented to them to suggest that this risk had reduced.”

In a report of the panel meeting, panel member Alan Meyrick said: “In the light of the panel’s findings against Mr Jones, which involved convictions for three offences of making indecent photographs or pseudo-photographs of children, there was a strong public interest consideration in respect of the protection of pupils given the serious findings.

“Similarly, the panel considered that public confidence in the profession could be seriously weakened if conduct such as that found against Mr Jones was not treated with the utmost seriousness when regulating the conduct of the profession.”

Mr Jones was first arrested and interviewed by the police in August 2019. In March 2020 Mr Jones was interviewed again by the police and admitted fully to the charges.

He was convicted at Birmingham and Solihull Magistrates Court on in July 2020 and was later sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court.