Teacher who tried to stab ex's wife to death banned from profession

Clare Bailey has been jailed
-Credit: (Image: North Yorkshire Police)


A former teacher has been banned from the profession for life after trying to kill her ex-partner's wife.

On the day of the attack in June 2022, Clare Bailey, 47, disguised herself in a red wig and hid a large carving knife in a bunch of flowers before stabbing and slashing her victim.

The former maths teacher had called St Michael's Church of England High School in Rowley Regis - the school where she worked - to tell them she was ill. Instead, she travelled from her home in Dudley to Harrogate to carry out the attack.

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Bailey had been having an affair with the woman’s husband but “struggled to accept it was over”, police said.

She was jailed for 22 years and four months after pleading guilty to attempted murder .

She has now been banned from teaching for life after a professional conduct panel of the Teaching Regulation Agency met last month to consider her case.

Locked up in June
Clare Bailey -Credit:North Yorkshire Police

During the misconduct hearing, the panel heard how Bailey was captured arriving at the woman’s family home on their Ring doorbell, holding a bunch of flowers she had bought from a nearby Sainsbury's.

She had repeatedly stabbed the 43-year-old woman before “calmly walking away” from the house and driving back to the West Midlands where she was arrested three days later.

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The panel said: “Whilst there is evidence that Ms Bailey had over 20 years’ experience as an educator, the panel considered that the adverse public interest considerations above outweigh any interest in retaining Ms Bailey in the profession, since her behaviour fundamentally breached the standard of conduct expected of a teacher.

"The panel considered that Ms Bailey’s behaviour in committing the offence would be likely to affect public confidence in the teaching profession, if Ms Bailey was allowed to continue teaching."

In written representations, Bailey stated she had never posed a threat or risk to any child she had ever taught and she felt she did not pose a risk to children or vulnerable adults.

She added she had no memory of the attack so she had not yet developed insight as to the cause of her actions.

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The professional conduct hearing concluded that due to the seriousness of the allegations, Bailey should be banned from the profession indefinitely and prevented her from applying to become eligible to teach again in the future.

In putting in place the ban on June 10, decision maker Sarah Buxcey said: "Ms Claire Bailey is prohibited from teaching indefinitely and cannot teach in any school, sixth form college, relevant youth accommodation or children’s home in England.

"Furthermore, in view of the seriousness of the allegations found proved against her, I have decided that Ms Bailey shall not be entitled to apply for restoration of her eligibility to teach."

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A spokesman for St Michael’s Church of England High School said: “Clare Bailey’s employment was terminated by the school in January 2023, prior to this she had not been in school since June 2022, when the allegations surfaced.

“The school followed all appropriate HR and safeguarding processes in this case and continues to prioritise the safety and well-being of our young people. The prohibition order was issued by the Teacher Regulation Authority and is not connected to the school in any way.”