A former Croydon school teacher who used a mobile phone to film up schoolgirls' skirts has been banned from teaching for the rest of his life.

Andrew Corish, 60, of Caterham, used the phone to look between children's legs while an assistant headteacher at Coloma Convent Girls' School, in Upper Shirley Road, Croydon.

He stored the images and admitted doing so for sexual gratification.

A National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) misconduct panel, sitting in Coventry, heard that Corish, admitted all the allegations in a witness statement.

He said he used a mobile "to film up the skirt of one or more pupils" and stored "one or more inappropriate images taken up the skirts of pupils, including videos."

Corish was never convicted in court for his behaviour because it was ruled that it did not constitute a criminal offence.

But he has banned from teaching for life.

Decision maker Dawn Dandy said: "Mr Corish’s conduct amounts to both unacceptable professional conduct and conduct that may bring the profession into disrepute.

"The panel is of the view that prohibition is both proportionate and appropriate.

"The panel decided that the public interest considerations outweigh the interests of Mr Corish.

"The impact of Mr Corish’s actions on pupils under his care was a significant factor in forming that opinion.

"Accordingly, the panel makes a recommendation to the Secretary of State that a prohibition order should be imposed with immediate effect."

Mr Corish is prohibited from teaching indefinitely and cannot teach in any school, sixth form college, relevant youth accommodation or children’s home in England.

A spokesman for the school said: "When it was reported to the school we acted immediately in 2015 to suspend the teacher concerned and he then resigned with immediate effect."

He said the school assisted the police and council investigation, reported the matter to the NCTL, as well as strengthening safeguarding procedures.