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A TEACHER who had a lesbian affair with a pupil has been banned from classrooms for life.

The ban was imposed on 27-year-old Laura Travis who taught at Crookhorn College in Waterlooville.

She had previously been found guilty by a disciplinary panel of sexual misconduct.

Travis had claimed she was ‘taken advantage of’ by a pupil, known only as ‘Pupil A’, who was ‘authority hunting’.

But the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) professional conduct panel found that this did not reflect the professional nature of the pupil-teacher relationship.

It found that, while working at Crookhorn College during the 2008/09 academic year, Travis gave her personal mobile number to the girl and exchanged text messages and phone calls, including communications of a sexual nature.

It found that she allowed Pupil A to visit her at her home and engaged in a sexual relationship.

Giving the final decision on behalf of the Secretary of State, NCTL deputy director Alan Meyrick said: ‘There was little doubt that Ms Travis’ conduct fell significantly short of the standards expected of the profession.

‘I have taken into account that although Ms Travis has clearly expressed her remorse and regret, she has shown limited insight into the potential consequences of her actions on the pupil.’

The decision means that Travis is banned from teaching in England.

Grahame Sammons is headteacher at Crookhorn College.

He said: ‘Laura Travis resigned from Crookhorn in August 2013.

‘During her time here, no concerns about inappropriate behaviour were raised and there was no indication of any misconduct on her part.

‘As soon as I was made aware in the autumn of 2013 of allegations involving a former pupil I took immediate and appropriate action in notifying the local authority and co-operated with the police.’

Travis has a right of appeal to the High Court.