An Educating Yorkshire star has been banned from teaching after having sex with pupils.
Thornhill Community Academy’s former head of humanities, Neil Giffin, was found to have had sex with two former pupils from a school in Cheshire.
One girl was confirmed as over 18-years-old. The identity of the second was not revealed.
A disciplinary panel of The National College for Teaching and Leadership heard that Giffin, 35, slept with ex-pupils from his old school, Bishop Heber High School, in 2007 and 2008.
While teaching at Thornhill between 2012 and 2014 he also set up fake Facebook accounts to contact three other former pupils, sending inappropriate messages, some of which were sexual.
In all, he faced 16 allegations, 15 of which he admitted or the panel said were proven.
The panel heard Giffin sent messages on social media, including to a 17-year-old girl, to “provide a form of escapism from the stress and pressures of his life at the time, including various personal and financial problems.”
He has been banned from teaching indefinitely.
Decision maker Paul Heathcote, who approved the ban, said: “Mr Giffin’s actions have been found to be sexually motivated.
“There is a repeated pattern of behaviour and there was clear potential for a vulnerable pupil to be harmed.
“Whilst he has shown regret, there is little evidence of insight into the impact his actions might have had on pupils.”
Channel 4 show Educating Yorkshire followed life at Thornhill Academy and made stars of teachers Jonny Mitchell, Matthew Burton and Michael Steer along with pupils ‘Mushy’ and Bailey.