A PRIMARY school teacher who went on a spending spree of almost £700 after stealing a card from a colleague’s handbag has been banned from the classroom indefinitely.
Samantha Taylor snatched a bank card from a fellow worker’s bag while working at Bentley Heath Primary School in Solihull.
The 28 year-old, who said she was “worried about money”, then used the card to make two cash withdrawals and two purchases totalling £670.94 between January 20 and February 10 last year.
The deception came to light when she was caught on CCTV trying to put the card back into the bag.
Ms Taylor has now been struck off the Teaching Register “indefinitely” after being found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct at a General Teaching Council (GTC) hearing in Birmingham, but she can apply to be re-registered after two years.
The ruling follows Ms Taylor’s conviction at Solihull Magistrates’ Court on March 9 2010 for theft, where she gave her address as Abbeydale Close, Coventry.
GTC hearing chair Professor John Adams branded the theft a “planned and premeditated act”.
Ms Taylor admitted the offence in a written statement, and said she was “feeling extremely low and depressed” and was worried about her “financial situation”.
Ms Taylor has a right of appeal to the High Court within 28 days.