Shamed PE teacher pictured sipping wine on night it is claimed ‘she had sex with pupil’

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Melissa Tweedie, 27, was struck off the teaching register last week after a watchdog deemed her behaviour to have fallen significantly short of expected standards. One image shows the then 23-year-old perched on the edge of a bed in a hotel room with pupils while in another she is pictured holding a drink surrounded by youngsters.

Other snaps appear to show the former teacher at Gleniffer High School in Paisley, Scotland, on the dance floor and on a stage surrounded by pupils from the leaving do at Glasgow’s SWG3 nightclub in June 2017.

An allegation Miss Tweedie slept with the pupil was found not proven by a General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) panel despite the student claiming he had sex with her.

Gary Burton, presenting officer on the panel, said: “There has been no evidence of remediation and given the lack of insight, remorse or evidence of remediation, I submit that the risk of repetition is significant if she was permitted to return to the profession.”

The GTCS heard that Miss Tweedie was seen by colleagues dancing inappropriately with pupils and drinking shots at the bar.

She later went back to the Premier Inn but claimed she did so because she was concerned pupils were taking drugs.

Miss Tweedie told investigators she woke up in bed beside the pupil the next day, but denied she had slept with him and claimed her drink may have been spiked.

Pupils had allegedly been told to erase any evidence they may have had of Miss Tweedie, who now teaches yoga in Dubai.

A source at the school told the Daily Record: “This picture was taken after the prom as Melissa was hanging out with some of the sixth form girls with a glass of wine in the hotel.


“Of course, we all know what happened next. There were no drugs and nobody knows anything about her drink being spiked, as Miss Tweedie claimed to her bosses.

“The next day it was a bit crazy as rumours started to spread about what had happened.

“This picture in the hotel has been circulating among the pupils – even though pupils were warned to delete any pictures on their phones of Miss Tweedie in the hotel.”

Panel members heard how the pupil at the centre of the case told the hearing he felt sorry for the teacher.

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He said: “We kissed. No one initiated it. We went downstairs and had sex in my room.

“I feel really sorry for Miss Tweedie. I had already handed in my leavers form. In my eyes, it wasn’t a student event.”

Panellists also heard how then headteacher David Nicholls drove to the Premier Inn in Glasgow to confront Miss Tweedie after a senior pupil told him she was in bed with the student.

When he managed to speak to her by phone, Miss Tweedie reportedly told Mr Nicholls she was at home.

However, Mr Nicholls said the next day the pupil admitted sleeping with her.

He said: “The pupil came in alone. He said they’d been in the room having a drink with other pupils, then they began to leave.

“I asked him, ‘Did you have sex with a member of staff?’ He said, ‘Yes’.”

Mr Nicholls suspended Miss Tweedie the next day while the school carried out its own investigation.

Police Scotland found no criminality had taken place.

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