Female Teacher, 28, banned from teaching after having sex with pupil in plane toilet
A young female teacher who had se*x with a pupil in an aeroplane toilet was blackmailed by another student who threatened to expose the pair unless they got to have sex with the educator too.
Physics teacher Eleanor Wilson, 28, tried to hide the liaison during a school trip despite being questioned by her school.
It only came to light after the second pupil blackmailed her, threatening to expose the pair unless the teacher “engaged in sexual conduct” with him.
The school’s name has not been revealed by the National College for Teaching and Leadership, which announced its decision to ban Miss Wilson from teaching today.
The 28-year-old did not turn up at a misconduct hearing held by the NCTL despite several efforts to reach her.
Miss Wilson, who worked at a Bristol secondary school, had been employed by the school from 2013 as a physics teacher, and rose quickly to be head of Key Stage 4, which covers pupils in Years 10 and Year 11 studying for GCSEs.
She became close to a boy named only as Pupil A during a school trip.
During the return flight, both started flirting with each other while looking after another pupil, who had become unwell.
Miss Wilson was intoxicated, the panel heard, and the pupil had already drunk five mini-bottles of wine.
Both entered the aircraft’s toilet, started kissing, and had oral sex and sexual intercourse without protection.
The following year, she met Pupil A one-on-one in her office, and started regularly communicating with him outside of school.
She took him on a few outings, kissing, hugging and touching him, the Bristol Post reports.
Pupil A said she had drunk cider with him on one occasion outside school, and he showed the panel the receipt for the drinks.
The head teacher of the school became aware of the allegations that Ms Wilson was having an “inappropriate relationship” with Pupil A and she was interviewed about it.
The head teacher said no action was taken at that time because there was no corroborating evidence.
The panel heard Miss Wilson had tried to keep their relationship secret, telling the boy to delete his text message history, and to deny the relationship.
But it came to light again in March 2016, when Miss Wilson started receiving a series of e-mails from another boy, referred to as Pupil C.
In his e-mails, he confirmed he had knowledge of the sexual relationship between Pupil A and Ms Wilson, and threatened to inform the school unless she “engaged in sexual conduct” with him.
The e-mails were eventually reported to the school and the police, and Miss Wilson was dismissed in May 2016.
She had denied having met Pupil A outside of school, or having sex with him.
Miss Wilson admitted she was “not 100 per cent” in her interview during the investigation.
Announcing its decision to strike her off, the NCTL said: “The conduct of Wilson fell significantly short of the standards expected of the profession. The panel has found that the offences of serious dishonesty and sexual activity are relevant.
“The panel considered that this behaviour considerably eroded the boundary between Wilson and Pupil A, and to Pupil A’s detriment.”
Miss Wilson was found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct.
The NCTL heard she had a previously good history and her head teacher said she was “highly regarded”.
There had been “unprompted e-mails and calls” from parents praising her.
But in their recommendation to the Education Secretary, the panel said: “These behaviours include serious dishonestly and serious sexual misconduct.
“The panel has found that Miss Wilson engaged in sexual activity with Pupil A on one occasion, including oral sex and sexual intercourse.”
Alan Meyrick, on behalf of Education Secretary Justine Greening, said: “Miss Eleanor Wilson is prohibited from teaching indefinitely and cannot teach in any school, sixth form college, relevant youth accommodation or children’s home.”
She will also not be entitled to apply to teach ever again.