January 2003

Former teacher jailed for abuse

A former teacher at a residential school in Dumfries and Galloway has been jailed for two years for a catalogue of abuse against pupils.

William Brydson worked at Woodlands School, Newton Stewart, in the 1980s.

He had earlier admitted 12 charges of physical assault against nine boys and two girls, aged as young as nine.

Woodlands is a special school for youngsters with behavioural problems.

Brydson, a former army corporal from Renfrew, was employed at the school throughout the 1980s when the assaults took place.

Brush shaft

He admitted repeatedly punching and slapping pupils on the head and body, kicking them and pushing them against walls.

On one occasion he grabbed a boy by the ear and threw him down a flight of stairs.

Another time, he pinned a boy to the ground by holding the shaft of a brush against his throat.

The complaints did not emerge until years later in 1997.

Since then, the 52-year-old has lost his job as a social worker.

At Stranraer Sheriff Court on Monday, Sheriff James Smith described Brydson’s behaviour as “unpardonable”.