Stuff – Gloriavale principal knew of sexual offending but allowed teacher to continue working
By Joanne Naish – Stuff – 26/05/2022
The principal at the Gloriavale Christian School has been suspended for serious misconduct.
A decision by the New Zealand Teachers’ Disciplinary Tribunal says Faithful Pilgrim was a teacher at the school for 45 years and was principal from 1995 to 2020.
It found that on two occasions in 2012 and 2016, he endorsed a teacher as being of “good character and fit to be a teacher” on an application form to renew his practising certificate, when Pilgrim knew he had sexually abused a 9-year-old student.
The New Zealand Teaching Council began investigating Pilgrim after receiving a complaint from the Gloriavale Leavers Support Trust that he failed to keep pupils safe by covering up Just Standfast’s offending.