Sacked for shag­ging in his school of­fice

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By COLIN HURST news@sun­

A DRAMA teacher who was sacked and banned from the class­room for life, after he shagged a former pupil in his of­fice, has mar­ried an­other girl he used to teach.

Matthew McGowan, 38, wed Aimee Bento in Ber­muda, just months after he was axed from £38,000-a-year girls’ board­ing school Wy­combe Abbey for hav­ing sex with a girl he taught.

He moved to Ber­muda after los­ing his job and hooked up with the 21-year-old who he tu­tored when he worked at a top school on the Caribbean is­land.

After leav­ing the UK in the wake of the sex scan­dal, Mr McGowan re­turned to Ber­muda in 2016. He se­cured a job with the po­lice ser­vice as an ‘unsworn stu­dent of­fi­cer’ three weeks ago.

But he has now been fired from that po­si­tion after rev­e­la­tions about his con­duct at Wy­combe Abbey School came to light.

He de­vel­oped an ‘in­ap­pro­pri­ate re­la­tion­ship’ with a pupil when she was still at the school from 2013.

The pair be­came ‘very phys­i­cal’ when the pupil had left the school and they en­gaged in sex­ual ac­tiv­ity on the school premises.


Fol­low­ing a panel of the Na­tional Col­lege for Teach­ing and Lead­er­ship Mr McGowan was banned from teach­ing for life last month.

The pupil left the school in June 2015, and told the panel that, after this, they ex­changed naked pics and videos, be­fore hav­ing a phys­i­cal re­la­tion­ship.

Some sex­ual ac­tiv­ity took place in his of­fice, and they also met in his car.

Mr McGowan de­nied the al­le­ga­tion and told the panel she made false al­le­ga­tions about him after he re­jected her ap­proach to ‘en­gage in a ro­man­tic re­la­tion­ship’, which would have meant him leav­ing Miss Bento, to whom he was en­gaged.

After re­sign­ing from his post in Septem­ber 2016 the drama teacher, who was born in Brad­ford, and raised in Chep­stow, South Wales, went back to Ber­muda.

He mar­ried Miss Bento – who he had taught when she was a pupil at War­wick Academy – on July 21 this year in Ber­muda.

David Ho­ran, prin­ci­pal at War­wick Academy in Ber­muda, con­firmed Mr McGowan taught at the school from Septem­ber 2007 to June 2010.

He said: “We are shocked to hear this news out of the UK.”

FIRED: Matthew McGowan ( right) and new bride Aimee ( above)

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