A married music teacher at a top state school who had a drunken tryst with a student chorister five years after sleeping with another pupil has been banned from the classroom indefinitely.
Laurie Softley, 34, plied the 17-year-old sixth-form boy – known only as Pupil B – with shots of alcohol at her home at Christmas in 2013 before he performed a S3x act on her.
She had previously been handed a final warning for gross misconduct by The Ecclesbourne School in Duffield, Derbyshire, after having S3x with 17-year-old Pupil A in 2008. Both students were in the school choir which she led.
The school said it interviewed both Softley and Pupil B after allegations against her surfaced in 2013 but was unable to prove any illicit behaviour as neither confessed.
Pupil B did not admit the incident until a counselling session in 2017, after which Softley was reported to the authorities. She was suspended from the academy school and resigned shortly afterwards.
Derbyshire Police also investigated at the time but decided against prosecution.
She was today struck off after the Teaching Regulation Agency, sitting in Coventry, said she had brought the profession into disrepute.
Pupil B told the hearing how he performed a S3x act on his form tutor as a 17-year-old just weeks after they had kissed for the first time in her flat.
Now 23, he said: ‘She initiated a kiss and then she took her shirt off. I saw her topless. ‘I believe she took off her trousers because I performed a S3x act on her. I was unable to get an erection so no S3x act was performed on me.’Ms Softley got dressed again and we continued to hang out.’
Softley was previously slapped with a final warning in 2008 after admitting a one-night-stand with another music student while he was preparing for A-Levels.
But the matter was never made public by school bosses.
Giving evidence, Pupil A revealed he had S3x with Softley in her home after playing pool in a pub.
He recalled: ‘We went into her living room and then walked into the kitchen, where she poured us both a glass of wine. ‘At some point we kissed. We continued to kiss and we both took off our tops. ‘We moved to the sofa and I lay horizontally on top of her. After a while we decided to go upstairs to her bedroom.
‘We carried on kissing and touching one another. Ms Softley then took a Cond0m from her bedside table drawer and we had S3x. ‘Afterwards we went back downstairs. I went to the toilet and she went for a cigarette. ‘We sat downstairs on the sofa. At some point she ended up performing oral S3x on me.’
Softley has been banned indefinitely after allegations of unacceptable professional conduct were proved.