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Lifetime ban for Islamophobic Headteacher

17th Jul 2015

Nadine Osman

An Islamophobic Headteacher who branded teachers in her Ilford school as “f***ing Muslims”, called a colleague a “Polish slapper” and asked a pupil with special needs if he “liked touching women’s breasts” has been banned from the profession for life on June 12.

Anupe Hanch, 49, was found guilty of misconduct in May after being accused of racist and other discriminatory behaviours while she was headteacher of Gearies Junior School in Barkingside between 2005 and 2012.

The National College for Teaching and Leadership found Hanch guilty of unacceptable professional conduct at work which resulted in the ban.

The panel published its report on June 12, in which it details 11 witness accounts of the former-headmistress’ bullying behaviour towards teachers and pupils.

When looking through CVs from Newly Qualified Teachers (NQT), Hanch told a colleague that “if we have any more Muslims around here, it’s going to start looking like Al-Jazeera,” the report said.

The report also revealed in 2010 she said of Muslim colleagues taking leave for Eid: “I’m not going to be like those f***ing Muslims taking a day off for Eid.”

Hanch denied the accusation, saying that such words went against everything she believed in.

The teacher tried to encourage staff and pupils not to take off religious holidays.

Witnesses described how Hanch regularly treated her colleagues with disrespect and intimidation, and that she shouted and used swear words. In the report, the panel said there was nothing to suggest Hanch’s actions were not deliberate.

The report also stated that she shouted at a child with special educational needs: “Do you want to become a paedophile” and asked them “do you like touching women’s breasts?”

In another incident, a witness told the panel how she referred to two mothers of school pupils as “bitches”. She told another witness that a member of staff looked like “a Polish slapper.”

Hanch, who is also a parish councillor in Epping Forest, locked the assistant head in her office for three hours between 4 pm and 7 pm in 2010 for “no reason.”

One witness told the panel that when she asked for time off to volunteer at the London Olympics, Hanch said: “I’m going to have to break down 5,000 years of Islam to get through to her.”

Judge Paul Heathcote ruled that: “in view of the seriousness of the allegations found proved against her, I have decided that Mrs Anupe Hanch shall not be entitled to apply for restoration of her eligibility to teach.”

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