A PE teacher who had sexual intercourse with a pupil at her parents’ house has been banned from teaching for life.
Ryan Leverton taught at Bishops Fox's School in Taunton, Somerset, between 2009 and 2013, and formed an “inappropriate relationship” with a pupil in 2010.
In a report published this afternoon, a panel of the National College for Teaching and Leadership found that the 35-year-old “took advantage of Pupil A, whom he had counselled as a result of her personal issues, and subsequently abused his position of trust”.
Mr Leverton denied the allegations against him.
Relationship with teacher
The pupil told the panel that she gave him her mobile phone number at the school prom in July 2010, by which time they were already Facebook friends.
She said they sometimes exchanged five to 10 “flirtatious” text messages a day, and that the teacher kissed her during a one-to-one meeting in the PE office.
The panel found that the pair had sexual intercourse in Mr Leverton’s home, in a hotel on up to three occasions, in his car and at her parents' house on one or more occasions.
The report says: “Pupil A gave a clear account of how Mr Leverton had arranged to attend her parents' home. Pupil A gave a mature and credible account of the sexual intercourse they had had at her parents' house.
“While Mr Leverton denies this allegation, the panel prefers the evidence of Pupil A.”
The panel says that although Pupil A was on study leave when the relationship started, Mr Leverton had nevertheless started a sexual relationship while she was still his pupil.
The panel also found he acted “inappropriately” towards PE students.
One pupil said he asked her and another girl who were lying on mats during a PE lesson “whether they were waiting for him to 'lie on top of them'”, before he “repeated his rhetorical question before winking and looking at them in a way which Pupil D regarded as sexual in nature”.
The report describes Mr Leverton’s actions as “deliberate” – and says there was no evidence he was acting under duress, adding: “Indeed, the panel found that Mr Leverton's actions were pre-meditated and sustained over a period of time.”
Decision maker Alan Meyrick said Mr Leverton’s lack of insight and remorse “means that there is some risk of the repetition of this behaviour and this risks the future wellbeing of pupils”.
He ruled that Mr Leverton should be banned from teaching indefinitely – and not be allowed to apply for his eligibility to teach to be restored.