Newberries Primary School

A supply teacher who allegedly told a class of primary school children they would ‘ship them off to the gas chambers’ if they didn’t finish their work has been sacked.

The shocking anti-Semitic incident took place at Newberries Primary School in Radlett, Hertfordshire.

Eleven pupils in the class of 28 are Jewish.

Parents complained to the school when they heard about the comments from children.

Action was swift after word spread on school WhatsApp groups.

Parents called on the school’s head teacher to sack the staff member or they would withdraw their children from the school.

Newberries Primary School said governors and its leadership team are undertaking a full investigation.

Following an emergency board of governors meeting the teacher was duly dismissed.

A spokesman for the school said a statement, “We can confirm that last week we were made aware that an alleged racist comment had been made by an agency teacher working within the school.

“We acted upon this immediately and our governors and leadership team are undertaking a full investigation. We can confirm that the agency teacher will not be returning.

“We would like to reassure parents and carers that the safeguarding of children within Newberries Primary School remains our priority.

“This teacher was not a permanent member of staff. We will continue to work with all members of our school community to ensure that we provide a safe, supportive and respectful learning environment within which all children can thrive.”

Newberries is rated ‘good’ by Ofsted.