Teacher, 39, is allowed to KEEP her job after she failed to tell education bosses her teacher husband, 42, was having affair with a pupil, 17
- Jane Schalch, 39, found out her husband Bryan, 42, was having an affair in 2015
- He met the teenager as a result of giving her private tuition on top of his work
- The couple were both teachers at a prestigious independent school in Warwick
- The Teaching Regulation Agency has decided Mrs Schalch can carry on teaching
A teacher has been allowed to carry on teaching after failing to tell education bosses her teacher husband was having an affair with a 17-year-old pupil.
Jane and Bryan Schalch, aged 39 and 42, were both teachers at a prestigious independent school in Warwick when Mr Schalch began an affair with the teenager – who he had been tutoring on a private basis.
He kissed the girl in clandestine meetings in a supermarket car park, eventually inviting her back to his £480,000 marital home in Moreton Morrell, Warwickshire, where they had sex three times.
Jane and Bryan Schalch (pictured together) were both teachers at a prestigious independent school when Mr Schalch began an affair with the 17-year-old girl – who he had been tutoring on a private basis
Mrs Schalch discovered the affair in November 2015 when she came home to find the girl pupil in her underwear in the guest bedroom of their marital home.
Her husband said they had been involved in a sexual relationship since September 2015 and that she was 18 years old – when in fact she had not yet had her 18th birthday.
After the discovery, Mr Schalch promised he would have no further contact with the teenager – although he did unbeknownst to his wife until March 2016.
But Mrs Schalch, who was a teacher at Warwick junior school, failed to take appropriate action and did not report the affair to the school or local education authority so as to safeguard the pupil.
She admitted the offence when she appeared before the Teaching Regulation Authority.
By March 2016 the affair had become known and Mr Schalch was arrested on suspicion of having a sexual relationship with the pupil which was an abuse of position.
Mr Schalch was charged with three counts of sexual activity with a child by a person in a position of trust.
At his trial, Warwick Crown Court heard that he had been employed by the teenager’s parents as a private tutor, but kept in touch with the girl afterwards.
The relationship ended when he refused to leave his wife.
Mr Schalch was branded ‘immoral and shabby’ by a judge but cleared of criminal wrongdoing at Warwick Crown Court, above, because the girl was a pupil at another school. His wife (right) was suspended in June 2017 and she was sacked in February 2018. She now works as an early years teacher at another school
Mr Schalch was branded ‘immoral and shabby’ by a judge but cleared of criminal wrongdoing because the girl was a pupil at another school.
His wife was suspended in June 2017 and she was sacked in February 2018. She now works as an early years teacher at another school.
The disciplinary panel said she had been placed in an ‘invidious and compromising position by the actions of her husband’ but said she had placed the girl at risk of harm by not reporting it.
Mrs Schalch said in a statement: ‘My failure to safeguard Pupil A was very wrong. In failing to report the affair I made a very serious error of judgement.’
If it happened again she said she ‘would report it immediately…even if it ended my marriage’.
She told the panel she felt isolated and lonely she found out about the affair saying it was a ‘private secret’ which she could not discuss with her father or friends.
She added: ‘At the time of coming home and finding your husband with his mistress, I was not thinking about her and about her welfare.’
Witnesses said Mrs Schalch was a ‘true gem in the world of education’, an exceptional teacher who was hugely respected and admired by colleagues.
The panel found her guilty of unacceptable professional conduct but did not ban her from the classroom.
The panel concluded she had been the victim of ‘appalling and invidious circumstances’ and said it would be a ‘travesty to see a high quality, talented, caring, knowledgable practitioner which as Mrs Schalch lose the ability to teach’.
The TRA decision maker Alan Meyrick said a banning order was not necessary and that a published decision was proportionate and in the public interest.