A learning support worker at a Conwy school who became over-familiar with a group of pupils has been struck off.

Bev Halliday, who had worked at Ysgol Eirias, Colwyn Bay, for 10 years before she resigned last year, had allegations of unacceptable professional conduct against her upheld by the Education Workforce Council’s fitness to practise committee.

The committee heard that she breached school policies by giving her personal email address and mobile phone number to a girl identified as Pupil A, and between October, 2018, and January, 2020, sent her numerous messages, many of them late at night.

The matter came to light when Mrs Halliday showed photographs of Pupil A and two other pupils to a couple of colleagues.

They reported it to senior staff and Pupil A then produced 10 pages of transcripts of messages she had received.

Presenting Officer Cadi Dewi told the committee: “She said she was uncomfortable with it and wanted it to stop.”

Ms Dewi said there was no suggestion of any sexual implication in the relationship but all the pupils were vulnerable and should have been supported.

In one of the messages Mrs Halliday said: “No-one will ever be good enough for her (Pupil B) or you. I feel like you are my own daughters. I love you both so much.xxx.”

After falling out with Pupil B she told Pupil A: “Tell (Pupil B) not to message me telling me she’s going to collect a parcel of contraceptives, wtf was I to say to that, yeah go and f---him??”

Louise Kerfoot-Robson, who was Mrs Halliday’s line manager and assistant head teacher at the time, said that although Pupil B was 16 and had reached the age of consent that discussion should have been reported to the school’s safeguarding officer Elspeth Crombie.

Mrs Kerfoot-Robson described Mrs Halliday as having a “nurturing nature” and was a good worker.

“I think she just overstepped the mark,” she said.

When interviewed, Mrs Halliday admitted all the breaches and resigned in February last year. She did not attend the school disciplinary hearing or the fitness to practise hearing.

Committee chairman Robert Newsome, in finding the allegations proved, said: “The messages were inappropriate in tone, nature and content, including swearing, gossip and personal and derogatory comments about another pupil.”

He said she had shown little insight into the seriousness of her behaviour or the impact on the pupils and the breaches had been over a protracted period.

Mrs Halliday was removed from the register for two years and will have to reapply if she wishes to re-register.