Teacher unmasked as football hooligan

Rainhill High School
Rainhill High School

A CONVICTED football hooligan worked as a teacher at a St Helens school after concealing his chequered past.

David Bradwell Walsh, who landed a job as a full-time English teacher at Rainhill High school, was only caught out when a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check uncovered the truth about his offending history.

Walsh, 51, secured a job at the Warrington Road school in 2008 after failing to disclose his criminal record.

It is unclear when he left the school but his name was on a staff list on Rainhill High’s website as recently as October 2010.

A St Helens Council spokeswoman said that Walsh worked there predominantly as a supply teacher and was rumbled as soon as he applied for a full-time job.

However, council chiefs were unable to say when Walsh was employed on a full time basis or when he resigned.

He has since been struck off the teaching register by the General Teaching Council (GTC).

In reaching their decision last week, the education watchdog’s professional conduct committee heard that Walsh, an Everton FC fan, was convicted of battery against a Goodison Park steward in May 2007.

At the time, he was issued with a three-year football banning order and a 12-month community and unpaid work order, as well as being ordered to pay costs and compensation.

Other convictions on Walsh’s record included the attempted theft of a pair of ladies shoes from a Warrington shop in 2006 and drink driving in April 2001.

In June 2002 he was also convicted of several counts of driving while disqualified and without insurance, as well as an offence of failing to provide a specimen for analysis.

A GTC statement confirmed that Walsh only admitted to the drink driving conviction from 2001 in his job application form dated April, 16, 2008 and found him guilty of unacceptable professional conduct.

Chair of the committee, Paul Bird, concluded: “We have decided that the behaviour is fundamentally incompatible with continuing to be a registered teacher. We have real concerns as to the role model of Mr Walsh and the reputational damage to the profession.”

Walsh, who is banned from applying to rejoin the teaching register for two years, has the right of appeal to against his sanction to the High Court.

A spokeswoman for St Helens Council said: “Mr Walsh worked as a supply teacher from 2008 and was employed by a supply teaching agency who had carried out a satisfactory CRB check.

“It was only when he applied for an English teaching job with the council - who then carried out a fresh CRB check - that offences came to light which had occurred after the agency’s original check, which had not been disclosed to the council.”