Racist head teacher Anupe Hanch who showed ‘no remorse’ banned for life

PUBLISHED: 15:09 12 June 2015 | UPDATED: 17:11 16 June 2015

Anupe Hanch disgraced former head teacher of Gearies Junior School, in Gants Hill.

Anupe Hanch disgraced former head teacher of Gearies Junior School, in Gants Hill.


A former Gants Hill head teacher was struck off after a tribunal heard she racially abused Muslim staff and asked a student with special educational needs if he wanted “to become a paedophile?”

Anupe Hanch, 49, head of Gearies Junior School, in Waremead Road, between 2005 and 2012, was found guilty of unacceptable professional on May 8.

The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) announced their decision yesterday which bans Mrs Hanch from teaching indefinitely.

Decision maker Paul Heathcote explained that as the allegations were so serious she would not be able to reapply for her eligibility to teach.

The panel heard evidence from 11 witnesses and Mrs Hanch.

Mr Heathcote said the ex-head teacher demonstrated “intolerant attitudes including to race and belief.”

The tribunal panel members heard Mrs Hanch racially abused Muslim staff for taking days off for Eid.

Mrs Hanch denied this, saying she was merely trying to get staff not to take religious holidays off school.

The report also stated Mrs Hanch said a racial slur against a Polish colleague and of another colleague said she would like to “chop off” her head and “see her walking around headless.”

Another allegation proven by the tribunal was, when reviewing CVs for newly qualified teachers Mrs Hanch said: “If we have any more Muslims in here it’s going to start looking like Al Jazeera.”

The report stated that Mrs Hanch, a parish councillor in Epping Forest, got another staff member to place the jobs section of the Times Education Supplement on the assistant headteacher’s desk every Friday during 2011 and in July 2010 she locked the assistant head in her office for three hours.

Mr Heathcote said: “Despite the time that has elapsed since the events, Mrs Hanch has shown no remorse.”

Witnesses explained she did not confine her actions to teachers, and the panel heard how she referred to one child as a “devil.”

The report also stated she shouted at a pupil with special educational needs: “Do you want to become a paedophile? Do you want to become a pervert? Do you like touching women’s breasts?”

Mrs Hanch has 28 days to appeal the decision.

To read the full report click here.

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