March 2015

Pervert teacher who filmed young boys showering is banned from teaching

A PERVERT teacher jailed for offences involving child abuse images has been banned from the classroom for life by a disciplinary panel.

Brian Foakes, 61, was said by watchdogs to have abused his position of trust to carry out a “planned, deliberate” campaign of sexual gratification.

He had set up a secret camera to film boys showering naked at a previous school before joining the staff at Queen Ethelburga’s College at Thorpe Underwood.

He was working as an assistant house-parent at the college when he was arrested two years ago by police who confiscated his computer and two video cameras disguised as pens.

More than 600 indecent images of children were found on the equipment and more than 670 videos, 15 of which had been made available for distribution.

A number of the images were ranked in the most serious category of child abuse, the National College for Teaching and Leadership panel was told.

The offences have already cost Foakes his liberty and now they have cost him his career after he was banned from teaching indefinitely by a fitness to practise panel.

Some video footage showed Foakes installing a camera in a shower cubicle while others showed pre-pubescent boys showering. Police identified the shots as having been taken at a previous school where Foakes taught.

In 2014, he was jailed for 18 months at York Crown Court for four child abuse images and voyeurism offences dating back to 2005.

Foakes had held a number of teaching posts since 1975, including head of music and housemaster, and spent years teaching in Zimbabwe and Kenya.

Giving the final decision on behalf of the Secretary of State for Education, Paul Heathcote said: “The panel has found that the allegations against Mr Foakes involved acts of abuse of trust, and the violation of pupil rights, which affect the reputation of the teaching profession.

“The conduct of Mr Foakes was planned, deliberate and maintained over a period of time.”

The panel noted that the trial judge had referred to a number of mitigating circumstances, including an early plea of guilty, and aid work by Foakes in Africa.

But Mr Heathcote said: “The four relevant convictions are serious and likely to have an impact on the reputation of the teaching profession.

“Teachers are regarded as role models and influence pupils.

“The panel is satisfied that the conduct of Mr Foakes fell significantly short of the standards expected of the profession.”