November 2020

Bracknell PE teacher jailed for sex assaults on pupils

A “remorseless” PE teacher has been jailed for a string of sex attacks against female pupils at his school.

Graham Tattersall, 68 of Windsor abused the girls when he worked at Garth Hill School in Bracknell, between 1979 and 1991.

A Reading Crown Court trial last month convicted him of an attempted rape, seven counts of indecent assault and four counts of indecency with a child.

Jailing Tattersall, from Windsor, for 12 years, Recorder Ryder QC said he had “exploited his position selfishly”.

The allegations against the PE and maths teacher came to light after a woman contacted police in 2017 alleging Tattersall raped her in a cupboard after she had been asked to put some sports equipment away.

He was cleared of rape, but found guilty of attempted rape in relation to that accusation.

He also sexually assaulted her on multiple occasions in the cupboard and at his home, his trial heard.

A number of other females came forward with allegations following a police appeal.

The court heard how Tattersall worked as a teacher at the Sandy Lane school at various times between 1979 and 1991.

It was during this time that he sexually assaulted a number of female victims aged between 12 and 16 years old.

The court heard how attacks happened in classrooms at the school, at his former home address, and in his car when he was meant to be dropping children home.

The court heard Tattersall was accused of undoing the bra straps of two pupils during gym lessons, and groping another as she lay on the floor after injuring herself.

He was also accused of putting his hand up the skirt of a girl at a school disco, and kissing two girls on the mouth.

Tattersall told the court his accusers had “embellished stories” and “made things up” .

Passing sentence, the judge said Tattersall had “exploited his position selfishly and shamelessly”.

“It is evident you have shown no regret or remorse, and care no more about your victims now than you did then,” he told Tattersall.

The school has since changed its name to Garth Hill College.