Great British Bake Off favourite Sandy 'had 10-year affair with married primary school headmaster'

  • Sandy Docherty reportedly began affair with Tom Robertshaw in 2003
  • Was head at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Primary in Yeadon at the time 
  • It was ten years before Mr Robertshaw's wife found out and kicked him out
  • ‘I don’t make a habit of having an affair with a married man,’ Sandy said

Great British Bake Off star Sandy Docherty had a decade-long affair with a married primary school headmaster.

The child protection officer began a relationship with Tom Robertshaw after meeting him in the staff room when he was head at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Primary in Yeadon, West Yorkshire.

Sandy, 49 and Mr Robertshaw, 65, began their affair in 2003 – but although it was reportedly common knowledge among staff members, it took ten years before his wife found out.

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Great British Bake Off star Sandy Docherty had a decade-long affair with a married primary school headmaster
Tom Robertshaw

Great British Bake Off star Sandy Docherty, left, had a decade-long affair with a married primary school headmaster, Tom Robertshaw, right

Mr Robertshaw was thrown out of the marital home by his wife Sylvia and went to live in a caravan, according to The Sun.

‘I don’t make a habit of having an affair with a married man,’ Sandy told the newspaper.

The single mother, who lives in Bradford, added: ‘You can’t help who you fall in love with.

A source told the newspaper that ‘everyone at the school knew about it’.

Despite the Catholic school’s strict code on the behaviour of teachers, Mr Robertshaw – who retired in 2011 after six years as head - reportedly faced no disciplinary action over the affair.

And Sandy also revealed that she signed up for the hit BBC show to help take her mind off things after the affair ended.

Her sense of humour as well as her baking skills have made her a hit with viewers and Bake Off judges Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry.

She is also one of the bookies’ favourites to win the show.

The Bake Off contestant’s sense of humour has made her a hit with fans of the BBC show. One tweeted after last week’s episode: ‘Sandy makes me laugh so much!’, while another wrote: ‘She’s a marvel.’ 

Sandy's sense of humour as well as her baking skills have made her a hit with Great British Bake Off viewers

Sandy's sense of humour as well as her baking skills have made her a hit with Great British Bake Off viewers

Speaking of her baking style, she said: ‘It might not be glamorous, but it’s tasty.’

Sandy also runs a cookery club at Titus Salt school in Baildon, West Yorkshire, where she teaches kids from deprived backgrounds how to bake. 

MailOnline has contacted Mr Robertshaw and Love Productions for comment. The BBC declined to comment. 

The bakers were challenged to show off the best of their bread-making skills this week, although judge Mary Berry inadvertently revealed the name of the third contestant leaving ahead of the show's broadcast.

Dorrett Conway failed to rise to the challenge and left the Great British Bake Off tent during Wednesday night's episode.

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