The father of a boy who joined the ‘Mile-High club’ with his teacher on the flight home from a school trip says the affair was only exposed after another pupil blackmailed them and told the headteacher.
The 16-year-old's dad said his son did not want physics miss Eleanor Wilson investigated over the relationship that has left her teaching career in tatters.
Speaking to MailOnline, the father, who cannot be identified, said: 'What I will say is he [the boy] didn't want any of this.
'He didn't want her to lose her job over it. The relationship was only uncovered when another pupil found out about it and blackmailed her for sex.
'He then told the school and from there it was the school who pursued the investigation, not my son. He didn't want her to lose her career. He's a young man who just wants to put this behind him and move on.'
Eleanor Wilson (left and right, in her Royal Navy reservist uniform), 28, has been banned from the classroom for life after having unprotected sex in a toilet with a pupil on a flight home from a school trip
A boy who joined the ‘Mile-High club’ with his teacher Eleanor Wilson, pictured centre on the Swazliand trip, on the flight home from a school trip told his friends about their relationship and showed them her sexts
The fling with his physics teacher Miss Wilson, who was ten years his senior, during a two-week charity and conservation trip to Swaziland in Africa.
The pupil was in a group of 15 to 18 year-olds who travelled to the southern African kingdom in July 2015 on a World Challenge Expedition, having fundraised £2,595 over the previous 18 months.
But charity was the last thing on the couple’s mind. The pupil told school friends he drank cheap whisky with his physics teacher Eleanor Wilson, now 28, and ended up in his room.
She kissed him ‘multiple times’ throughout the two-week trip, they said, and had unprotected sex in the toilet on the plane on their way home, after drinking miniature bottles of wine.
The friend told MailOnline: ‘He enjoyed telling me all about his time in Swaziland as you could go to a store and buy whisky for next to nothing. He said they had sex a lot on the trip to Africa and on the flight back.’
The group, from a school in Bristol, was staying with the Ndinda community at a Neighbourhood Care Point, which supported orphans of parents who had died of HIV, helping to build a kitchen for them.
‘The expedition has given me a new start, a fresh beginning. I’ve seen how a community can be so happy with so little and we were made to feel so welcome. Now I just want to get all the happiness and enjoyment out of everything I do,’ one pupil said afterwards.
According to his friend, the boy, now 18, had split with his girlfriend before the trip and was a Casanova. He claimed, he said, that he had already slept with about 15 girls before his teacher.
He said that the relationship continued after they got home – despite gossip at the school. ‘He was pleased with himself that he was sleeping with the teacher that everyone fancied,’ he said, ‘but he is confident and was already quite experienced with girls.
‘She would send him texts and he showed me the messages from her,’ he said. ‘He would text her and she would reply, "Can’t talk now, I’m in a meeting" or "I’m nervous about a presentation for assembly". She would sext him too and he showed me. I knew immediately they were genuine.'
Miss Wilson, from Keighley, West Yorkshire, pictured, who had a boyfriend at the time, was sacked in May 2016
Miss Wilson, from Keighley, West Yorkshire, was struck off this week after a tribunal hearing heard that she had been drinking miniature bottles of wine while flirting at the back of the plane home. She is then said to have entered the toilet, kissed, engaged in a sex act and had intercourse with the pupil without using any protection.
Giving evidence to a professional conduct panel, the sixth-former, known as Pupil A, said both were drunk on the flight in the summer of 2015.