Former Winchester College music director Malcolm Archer banned from teaching after inappropriate sexual behavior

A FORMER music director at Winchester College has been banned from teaching about historical sexual behavior despite being acquitted in a trial.

Malcolm Archer, 70, was cleared of indecent assault and indecency with a child by a jury at Chelmsford Crown Court in 2019.

But he has now been banned from teaching indefinitely after a report by the Teaching Regulatory Agency (TRA) looked into the allegations.

Mr Archer, previously Head of Chapel Music at Winchester College, and formerly of Edgar Road, had been in private school for ten years before leaving in November 2017.

The report states: “The panel finds that Mr. Archer’s conduct fell significantly below the standards expected of the profession.

“The findings of misconduct are particularly serious because they include a finding of serious misconduct in relation to an inappropriate sexual relationship with a student.

‘This means that Mr Malcolm Archer is not eligible to teach indefinitely and cannot teach in any school, year six college, young people‘s accommodation or children’s home in England. Further, given the seriousness of the allegations found to be proven against him, I have determined that Mr. Archer will not be entitled to seek restoration of his fitness to teach. »

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The allegations took place between 1976 and 1978, when Mr Archer was employed as deputy head of music at Magdalen College School in Oxford.

The boy, referred to in the report as ‘Pupil A’, was at the time attending Widford Lodge Preparatory School, Chelmsford.

Two allegations were brought before the committee. The first was that Mr. Archer had engaged in inappropriate or unprofessional behavior towards Student A. The second was that the behavior was sexually motivated.

The report said, “As to bedtime, Student A’s evidence was that he expected to enter [redacted] bedroom, which is part of the pattern of sexual abuse, but on this occasion was told by [redacted] that “he would sleep with Malcolm”.

The committee concluded that the first allegation was proven in its entirety.

Regarding the second allegation, the report stated: “The panel was satisfied, on a balance of probabilities, that Mr. Archer’s intent in these actions was sexual gratification, involving as they did masturbating Mr. Archer until at ejaculation.

“Accordingly, the panel finds the second allegation proven in its entirety.”

The panel concluded that Mr. Archer is banned from teaching indefinitely and will not be able to appeal.

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