Teacher banned from classroom for faking cancer

PIC BY DAN JAMES / CATERS NEWS - (PICTURED Nicola Hibberd, 44) - A primary school teacher has been banned from the classroom after spinning a sick web of lies pretending she was dying of CANCER. Nicola Hibberd, 44, fooled colleagues and even children at Park Junior School in Shirebrook, Notts, into thinking she was suffering with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The twisted school miss invented doctors and medical appointments - and even told shocked teachers and pupils that her condition was terminal in a bizarre four-year deception. But she was rumbled when an eagle-eyed headteacher spotted a letter she handed him from MacMillan Cancer Care had been downloaded straight from the internet. Now, Hibberd, from Chesterfield, Derbys, has been struck off the teaching register after a professional standards panel found her guilty of unacceptable conduct.'SEE CATERS COPY

PIC BY DAN JAMES / CATERS NEWS - (PICTURED Nicola Hibberd, 44) - A primary school teacher has been banned from the classroom after spinning a sick web of lies pretending she was dying of CANCER. Nicola Hibberd, 44, fooled colleagues and even children at Park Junior School in Shirebrook, Notts, into thinking she was suffering with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The twisted school miss invented doctors and medical appointments - and even told shocked teachers and pupils that her condition was terminal in a bizarre four-year deception. But she was rumbled when an eagle-eyed headteacher spotted a letter she handed him from MacMillan Cancer Care had been downloaded straight from the internet. Now, Hibberd, from Chesterfield, Derbys, has been struck off the teaching register after a professional standards panel found her guilty of unacceptable conduct.'SEE CATERS COPY

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The head of a school where a teacher faked life-threatening cancer has spoken of his pity after she was banned from teaching.

Nicola Hibberd taught at Park Junior School at Shirebrook from 2006 to 2010 but told colleagues, parents and children that she was suffering from non-Hodgkin lymphoma in a bid for sympathy and support.

The 44-year-old, of Highfield Road, Bolsover, produced fraudulent letters from a cancer charity worker, made up hospital appointments and even created a letter from a fictitious doctor saying her condition was in its final stages and “in need of prompt treatment”.

Headteacher Steve Hewitt-Richards found details from the bogus letter on a Macmillan Cancer website that he said appeared to be lifted straight from the site. Her deceit came to light after an investigation was launched, and she resigned in February 2010.

Speaking to the Times he said: “I do not feel angry, I just feel pity towards her and feel for the staff who supported her.

“We were all sad and very disappointed. We’re sad for her and her family and hope she gets the support she clearly needs.

“I did have my suspicions and had started to investigate, I had to live with my suspicions for some time and that was very stressful.”

Appearing recently before a Teaching Agency panel, she admitted the allegations but gave no reasons for her behaviour. The panel banned her from teaching indefinitely, but said she can apply to have it lifted after five years.

The panel said: “Ms Hibberd’s actions constitute misconduct of a serious nature.”