Violent criminals, drug dealers and a child neglector are among those who have applied to be teachers in Kirklees.

The shocking revelations were revealed following the appearance in court of supply teacher Nerys Rollinson for failing to disclose a police caution for fraud.

Shoplifters, drink drivers and people accused of racial hatred were also included in those attempting to be teachers across Huddersfield, while some offenders could now be working in our schools.

The figures were revealed through the Disclosing and Barring Service (DBS) for people applying to be teachers, assistants, headteachers and local sports instructors.

Across postcodes in Kirklees, figures showed that those applying for teaching roles had 18 assault convictions, 16 for battery, 15 for drink driving and nine for shoplifting.

A conviction for owning a dangerous dog was also on the record for someone applying to teach.

In total 77 people out of 3,400 who applied between 2014-2015 had previous convictions to their names which also included supplying cannabis, racially aggravated harassment and violent behaviour in a police station.

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The figures do not state whether or not applicants were hired as employers have discretion over disregarding certain minor offences.

Further afield, applicants under the HX and WF postcodes had convictions for cultivating heroin and neglecting a child respectively.

Nerys Rollinson, a supply teacher at Netherhall Learning Campus in Rawthorpe, appeared at Kirklees Magistrates on Tuesday after giving a falsified document to employers hiding a previous caution for fraud.

Rollison was dismissed by Vision for Education last year.

Offenders who accept or receive convictions for “relevant offences” are automatically barred from working with children but are subject to appeal the ban.

It is an offence to knowingly employ someone barred by the DBS, or to work or even apply to work with the group from which one has been barred.