Jack Goodwin sacking: Beverley Grammar School defends decision
A BEVERLEY academy has defended its disciplinary process after a teacher was dismissed ahead of a court hearing clearing him of assault.
Chemistry teacher Jack Goodwin lost his job at Beverley Grammar School after being charged with grievous bodily harm in a town pub.
The 36-year-old endured a seven-month ordeal waiting for his court case, only to be told on the day of his trial the Crown Prosecution Service was offering no evidence.
He now wants his job back after CCTV evidence cleared him over a fight in the Cross Keys pub, Lairgate.
The decision to dismiss Mr Goodwin was taken by governors at the academy.
Chris Bodsworth, chairman of governors at Beverley Grammar School, has now defended the disciplinary process operated by the academy in cases of alleged misconduct.
Mr Bodsworth said: "We use East Riding Council's human resources department and the advice was to not necessarily delay for a court case.
"We have to follow the process. It's a standard thing."
Mr Bodsworth said the appeal against dismissal is expected to be heard by governors at the boys' secondary school within a fortnight.
Mr Goodwin is unable to comment for legal reasons, as his appeal is pending.
But his father Chris Goodwin, who retired as head teacher of Beverley Grammar School last summer, is hoping his son will be back at school before the end of term.
Mr Goodwin Sr, who enjoyed a 36-year career at the school, said: "We are hoping for a quick resolution to this and to get Jack back in the classroom where he belongs, hopefully before the end of the summer term.
"We hope the appeal will be heard within the next two weeks.
"It will be important for him to be back in the classroom before the end of term so he can reorientate himself.
"We would like to see him welcomed back at school as soon as possible."
Mr Goodwin said his son, who received 40 character references from colleagues to present to the court, has had huge support.
He said: "The support from students and from staff has been absolutely tremendous.
"It's very heartening that people recognise his qualities and his teaching skills."
Jack Goodwin was appointed as a teacher at the school by a previous head teacher six years ago.
He was promoted at the start of the academic year by the new head teacher, Grahame Hodson, to learning co-ordinator, which is a head-of-year role.
Mr Hodson has said he is unable to comment about the disciplinary process as it is not yet concluded, with an appeal pending.