Nathan Upton will start Christmas as a man and end it as a man pretending to be a woman; when he returns he wants to be addressed by his pupils as “Miss Lucy”.
Naturally, he has the full support of the headmistress, school governors, local education authority and church diocese; after all, who wants to be the victim of an Equality Act investigation?
Nevertheless, this isn’t going to end well. When I think back to my school days and the torment to which we subjected any teacher who displayed any manner of weakness – I shudder to think what we would have done to the hapless Mr. John had he arrived dressed as a woman in addition to acting like one – I fear Mr/Miss Upton is doomed.
A Church of England Primary school has written to parents to explain that a male teacher will be returning after Christmas as a woman.
St Mary Magdalen’s School in Accrington have asked pupils to address Nathan Upton as Miss Lucy Meadows from the start of the Spring term.
Karen Hardman, the head teacher at the school, said Mr Upton, who will also be dressing as a woman, has her full support.
Parents were informed of the decision at the bottom of a school letter, after a number of other retirement announcements and class room changes.