A teacher who got drunk and had unprotected sex with a student on a plane has been dismissed from her profession indefinitely.
A National College for Teaching & Leadership (NCTL) misconduct panel struck off 28-year-old Eleanor Wilson following a hearing earlier this month. Its 21-page ruling was published on Wednesday.
The NCTL panel heard that Wilson, a physics teacher from Bristol, grew close to a pupil during a 2015 school trip and the pair engaged in oral sex and intercourse in an aeroplane toilet on the flight home.
Wilson denied the accusations and exercised her right to not attend the hearing. The pupil gave evidence to the NCTL panel and was deemed to be a credible and reliable witness. His identity and age were omitted from the report.
The panel heard that:
- Wilson and the student flirted at the back of the plane while looking another pupil who was unwell. Wilson was drunk on the flight, during which the student also had about five mini bottles of wine. At one point during the flight, the pair entered the toilet, kissed, and had oral sex and unprotected intercourse. The duo continued their tryst via text messages and meetings after the trip. The student believed he was in a relationship with Wilson and thought he loved her. Wilson urged him to keep their relationship secret. She advised him to delete their text message history when the school was investigating their relationship.
The school’s headteacher became aware of the allegations a month after the school trip, in September 2015, although there had not been sufficient evidence for further action at the time, the panel noted.
In March 2016, another pupil sent a series of emails to Wilson, in which he confirmed knowledge of Wilson’s relationship with the pupil. He attempted to blackmail Wilson by threatening to tell the school of the relationship unless she engaged in sexual conduct with him. Wilson was dismissed from the school in May 2016.
The panel found Wilson guilty of “unacceptable professional conduct” and “conduct that may bring the profession into disrepute.” She was prohibited from teaching indefinitely.
Wilson has a right to appeal within one month of receiving her prohibition order.