Female physics teacher banned from classroom after drunken sex with pupil in plane toilet

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A “highly regarded” female physics teacher who had sex with a student in a plane toilet has been banned from the classroom for life.

Eleanor Wilson, 28, who worked at a school in Bristol, engaged in drunken sexual activity with the pupil while returning home from a school trip.

She engaged in oral sex with the pupil in the toilet cubicle and then had sex with him, a disciplinary panel found.

The relationship came to light when another student heard about it and threatened to tell the school unless Miss Wilson engaged in sexual activity with him.

She was found guilty of unacceptable professional conduct and conduct that may bring the profession into disrepute by a National College for Teaching and Leadership panel who found she had also tried to cover up the relationship.

The panel heard Miss Wilson had worked at the unnamed school since 2013 and had been praised by parents and pupils.

The trip took place in July 2015 and while on a flight returning to the UK the sexual activity took place with the student – known only as Pupil A.

“During the flight home from the trip, Pupil A gave evidence that he and Miss Wilson were flirting at the back of the plane, whilst looking after another pupil who was unwell,” the panel said in its findings.

“Pupil A gave evidence that Miss Wilson was intoxicated and that he had himself drunk approximately five miniature bottles of wine on the flight.

“Pupil A gave evidence that he and Miss Wilson entered the toilet, kissed and had oral sex and intercourse without using protection.

“Miss Wilson denied this allegation in its entirety, as evidenced within the notes of the school’s investigation.”

The panel added: “The panel considered all of the evidence, and after hearing his oral evidence and having the opportunity to test it, preferred the evidence of Pupil A.

“The panel found Pupil A to be a credible, reliable witness.”

Their relationship continued for several months and they communicated by text message and met outside school, with Pupil A thinking he loved her.

In its conclusions, the panel found: “The panel is satisfied that the conduct of Miss Wilson fell significantly short of the standards expected of the profession.

“The panel did not consider that Miss Wilson demonstrated insight into the consequences of her actions.

“Whilst she did express remorse as to the impact of her actions on Pupil A and his family, Miss Wilson demonstrated herself to be more concerned with the impact of her dismissal from the school on her own career and personal life.”

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