Maths teacher, 41, banned from classrooms for sleeping with pupil

Maths teacher, 41, who had sex with a female student during nine-month fling, bought her jewellery then sent her graphic text messages about their trysts is banned from the classroom for life

  • William Turnbull will never teach again after he had sexual relationship with pupil
  • He bombarded girl with graphic texts while working at The Grove in Shropshire
  • Turnbull bought her jewellery, gave her lifts and met her in pubs unsupervised

A teacher who had sex with his student and then sent graphic messages recounting the tryst has been banned from classrooms for life.

Maths teacher William Turnbull, 41, bombarded the high school pupil with hundreds of messages and even bought her jewellery while working at The Grove high school in Market Drayton, Shropshire. 

He was told today he’d never teach again after being found guilty of sexually motivated misconduct.

Maths teacher William Turnbull, 41, had a sexual relationship with a pupil while working at The Grove high school in Market Drayton, Shropshire (pictured)

The Teacher Regulation Agency, sitting in Coventry, heard that Turnbull had a nine-month relationship with the student during which he gave her lifts to school and met up with her at a local pub unsupervised.

The disciplinary hearing was told the girl gave him a watercolour painting and poem which were later discovered by his partner. 

Panel chair Margaret Wilson said: ‘Mr Turnbull developed a personal relationship with one of his pupils. He exchanged hundreds of text messages with her, bought her a gift and spent time alone with her in his car and at other locations.

‘The relationship then became a sexual relationship which is evidenced by way of text messages exchanged by the teacher and the pupil in which they describe their sexual contact.’


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The hearing was told that Turnbull was arrested and admitted sending ‘flirty and suggestive’ messages.

Mrs Wilson said: ‘It is clear from the text message records that Mr Turnbull’s relationship with Pupil A involved sexual contact in addition to sexual references in text messages.

‘The reference to their sexual contact is worded in such a way that it is clearly not fantasy or proposal – it is a description of what they have done together in a sexual way.’

Turnbull was banned from teaching for life for sexually motivated misconduct between May 2016 and February 2017.

He bought the girl a necklace with a gold chain and red stones that she posed for pictures for.

He bombarded the pupil with hundreds of text messages, some of which detailed sexual encounters between the pair

The girl’s mother claimed her daughter was given this necklace as a Christmas gift.

The panel concluded: ‘A relationship between teacher and pupil that features any of the above communications or events is inappropriate and represents a relationship well beyond acceptable professional boundaries.

‘Mr Turnbull met with one of his pupils alone outside school, bought a gift for her, exchanged hundreds of text messages with her and embarked on a sexual relationship with her. 

‘Their relationship went far beyond acceptable professional boundaries and clearly involved misconduct of a serious nature that fell very significantly short of the standard of behaviour expected of a teacher.’

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