Drink-drive teacher shown leniency

Drink-drive teacher shown leniency

A teacher convicted of being more than three times the drink-drive limit has been allowed back into the classroom.

Siwan Ellis, 50, lost control of her car and veered into the path of other drivers on a busy road. She was banned from driving for two years, fined £150 and told to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work.

Eyewitnesses told a disciplinary panel that Ellis had been "stinking of alcohol" and they had tried to stop her from leaving the scene, but she drove back home - at considerable risk to other drivers as well as herself

She kept her job at Ysgol Bryntawe, a Welsh language secondary school in Swansea, before moving onto another comprehensive in the city - Bishop Gore. She had faced being struck off the teaching register by the General Teaching Council Wales following a disciplinary hearing, but the panel listened to a plea of leniency in which Ellis was described as an "inspirational teacher".

She said: "No words can convey the depth of shame I feel. I let down my school, my profession and my family - which have always been a tremendous source of pride for me.

"I can offer no defence. I am grateful for the support I have received from pupils, parents and teaching colleagues. Lessons have been learned from this experience I am certain, never again, to make such a dreadful error of judgment."

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