A Greenford school is investigating after a parent's claim that a teacher jumped onto rail tracks at Park Royal Underground station in front of a school year of “impressionable” eight-year-old pupils.
On Tuesday (November 14), Wood End Academy's Year 4 pupils were attending a school trip to the Vue Acton Cinema.
While at the station, one of the pupils reportedly lost their shoe, which dropped down onto the Underground tracks.
According to a parent, who asked to remain anonymous, the Wood End Academy teacher did not choose to alert a member of staff at the station to the lost shoe.
Instead, the teacher allegedly jumped onto the line in between the rails in full view of the group of children in order to retrieve the item himself.
Speaking after the incident, the parent told getwestlondon that he feels “deeply disturbed” by the “inappropriate judgement” in front of eight-year-old pupils.
“I would reasonably expect that a teacher, in a position of trust and responsibility and while jointly supervising a large party of children, would inform staff to be able to deal with the situation in a safe and appropriate manner," he said.
“However, the member of staff in question chose to jump down from the platform onto a live line in full view of the school party in order to retrieve the shoe themselves."
He added: “I am deeply disturbed that a teacher can show such inappropriate judgement and irresponsible and dangerous behaviour when in charge of impressionable young children.
“I also feel that is is a damning reflection on the staffing standards expected by Wood End Academy.”
The parent suggested the teacher fully admitted the incident at a Parent Consultation meeting on Wednesday (November 15).
He said the teacher spoke about his reasoning and reportedly said: “It might have taken station staff an hour to deal with it.”
Calling the incident “shocking”, the parent continued: “I am disgusted at such a flippant, irresponsible, unprofessional attitude from someone in such a position of responsibility.
“It is my intention to take this further and report both the teacher and the school to the appropriate authorities.”
Wood End Academy, in Vernon Rise, refused to comment while it investigates the incident.
Ealing Borough Council has been approached for comment.
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