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Headteacher at school that won anti-bullying award is banned from teaching for BULLYING

A headmistress harassed her female colleagues at a Church of England school that won the Princess Diana anti-bullying award, teaching guardians have heard.

Mahzia ‘Pepe’ Hart, 53, has been banned from teaching for bullying pregnant colleagues at Trinity C Academy of E VC Primary School, Radstock, near Bath.

During his tenure, the school was rated outstanding and won a number of personal awards, including a 2008 Pride of Britain national award for innovative practice in a deprivation area.

A court found that he told a colleague to “ignore his sickness,” i.e. morning sickness, and to “move on” and “stop showing off his belly to parents” and try to “hide his belly.” .

When she found out that the same colleague had been sick, she told her: ‘All this being tired is not going to wash me, you have to change, just because you are pregnant.’

He also told her that her ‘woe me, attitude had to change’ as well and blurted out, ‘I keep wondering if you got pregnant because you think teaching is too hard.’

The woman was also stunned when she was told ‘For God’s sake, you’re flaunting your belly’. No other professional would have trouble hiding her tummy.

Mahzia 'Pepe' Hart, 53, Was Banned From Teaching For Harassing Pregnant Colleagues While Headmistress Of E Vc Primary School Trinity C Academy, Radstock, Near Bath.

Mahzia ‘Pepe’ Hart, 53, was banned from teaching for harassing pregnant colleagues while headmistress of E VC Primary School Trinity C Academy, Radstock, near Bath.

When another colleague complained about her workload during the 33-week pregnancy, the boss told her: “Pregnancy was not an excuse,” the panel found.

She also unreasonably asked both teachers to cancel or change appointments with her midwife.

Ms. Hart claimed that she was the victim of a “conspiracy” and denied all the allegations against her. After the ban, she said she hopes to ‘set things right’ at next year’s High Court trial.

A colleague said she saw Ms Hart berate a heavily pregnant colleague for not completing Nursery displays.

He also made a number of offensive comments to other staff members, including a reference to one as ‘such at**t’ and another as a ’15-ton whale’,

1670261087 541 Headteacher At School That Won Anti Bullying Award Is Banned From

1670261087 541 Headteacher At School That Won Anti Bullying Award Is Banned From

A court found that he told a colleague to “ignore his sickness,” i.e. morning sickness, and to “move on” and “stop showing off his belly to parents” and try to “hide his belly.” .

Ms Hart became Headteacher in 2005 and the school achieved ‘Outstanding’ status following OFSTED inspections in 2009 and 2013.

The 2009 report stated: “The secret to the school’s success is the tremendous drive and ambition of the principal, which is shared by all staff and principals.”

As a church school, it was also inspected by the Diocese of Bath and Wells to ensure that the school was ruining its Christian ethos. It was rated Outstanding in the 2009 and 2014 reports.

On December 18, 2015, Ms. Hart resigned, along with her two deputy directors, saying it was due to a “vile, toxic and damaging social media campaign.”

Colleague C told the panel that after seeing Ms. Hart give a television interview in December 2015, he posted online:

Now I’m listening to it. He wants to hit her. I want someone to say that the secret to her outstanding school is bullying.’

Ms Hart Became Headteacher In 2005 And The School Achieved 'Outstanding' Status Following Ofsted Inspections In 2009 And 2013

Ms Hart Became Headteacher In 2005 And The School Achieved 'Outstanding' Status Following Ofsted Inspections In 2009 And 2013

Ms Hart became Headteacher in 2005 and the school achieved ‘Outstanding’ status following OFSTED inspections in 2009 and 2013

The panel heard that Ms Hart, who claimed to be a victim of ‘conspiracy’ and denied all allegations against her, was charged with a series of bullying offences, many of which were dismissed but others upheld.

Paul Hawkins, who chaired the Education Regulation Agency hearing, said: “The panel found Ms Hart guilty of abusing her position of trust towards staff.

The panel was satisfied with the evidence presented that Ms. Hart had displayed a deeply entrenched attitude that led to harmful and intimidating behavior towards staff.

“There were numerous examples of Ms. Hart abusing other staff members, both verbally and in text messages.

“The panel found that Ms. Hart at times said that illness was not acceptable and also intimidated staff regarding the exercise of their maternity rights and access to a reference for future employment. The panel also found that Ms Hart exerted unreasonable pressure on staff.’

Banning her from the profession for at least two years, Mela Watts. Per the Secretary of Education, she stressed: ‘Ms. Hart denied all the accusations against her, as was her right.

“However, throughout the hearing and despite the panel’s conclusions, Ms. Hart has made no expression of remorse or demonstrated any insight.

“In the opinion of the panel, your lack of insight has prevented Ms. Hart from taking action to address your harmful behavior.

“In my judgment, the lack of full knowledge means that there is some risk that this behavior will be repeated and this puts the future well-being of staff at risk.”

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