Teacher who had sex with a teenage pupil was caught by message he wrote in her leaving book

A teacher who had sex with a teenage pupil was caught 20 years later by a message he left in her leaving book.

Joel Mansell signed his name in the girl’s book, writing: ‘Well, it’s been a ball in many ways’. 

Mansell, now 48, had qualified as teacher in 1997 and starting working at Noel Baker School, Nottingham, in 2001.

Around the same time, he began an affair with teenage pupil, referred to only as Pupil A, a misconduct hearing was told. Her exact age has not been given. 

Joel Mansell, now 48, had qualified as teacher in 1997 and starting working at Noel Baker School, Nottingham, in 2001

In March 2018, Pupil A contacted the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse by email, following hearing their radio advert.

She claimed Mansell had sexually abused her while she was a pupil at Noel Baker School during the period 2001-2002.

By the time she came forward, Mansell was working at Nottingham’s Bluecoat Wollaton Academy, which started its own investigation. But he resigned in December 2018 before it concluded.

Pupil A gave evidence to the misconduct hearing that she and Mr Mansell had swapped numbers after she had received a number of lifts home from him.

Mr Mansell would ring her landline and they spoke on a number of occasions. Pupil A said he would ‘put a voice on’ in an attempt to disguise his age, if anyone else picked up the phone.

Pupil A also described being alone with Mr Mansell in his flat on a number of occasions and spending the day with him on one occasion on a visit to Nottingham

She said the flat had a musty smell to it, with a futon type bed in the bedroom and quite bare. 

Mansell also told cops his flat was ‘damp and horrible, with little furniture and a low bed’.

Pupil A claimed as the relationship with Mr Mansell developed, she went to his home address, where they had sexual intercourse on a number of occasions.

She described in detail, losing her virginity to Mansell in the property. Mansell denied any sexual relationship with Pupil A and she had researched what his flat was like on the web.

Ms Hilary Jones, who chaired the Teaching Regulation Agency hearing, said a police investigation had not led to any charges and the ‘crucial question’ was whether they had sex.

The panel was showing a copy of the girl’s Leaving Book and the entry: ‘Dear [Pupil A], Well, it’s been a ball, in many ways! Remember, a date for February and Venice… Joel Mansell.’

Ms Jones said: ‘Mr Mansell accepted he had written the entry in the book, but was unable to provide an account as to what it meant.

‘The panel considered Mr Mansell’s entry in this document, which was one of the few contemporaneous documents from the time of the allegations, as an unusual entry for any teacher to make.

‘The reference to having a ‘ball in many ways’ was at odds with the account that Mr Mansell gave regarding the relationship between them, which he described as little more than a pupil confiding in a teacher.

‘The panel also considered the natural inference that the reference to a date in February and Venice held was a romantic connotation.

‘The panel considered that this piece of evidence supported the account that Pupil A gave.

‘The panel therefore considered that it was more likely than not, that Mr Mansell had engaged in sexual intercourse with Pupil A and find this allegation proved.

‘The panel considered that Mr Mansell’s behaviour of taking advantage of a [REDACTED], for his own sexual gratification, as completely incompatible with the standing of the profession. This was a gratuitous breach of trust between a teacher and those in his care.’

Banning him for life, Alan Meyrick, for the Education Secretary, underlined: ‘Mr Mansell’s conduct was at the most serious end of the spectrum in regard to sexual misconduct and the breach of trust between a teacher and pupil.’ 

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