PE teacher, 23, who 'had sex' with pupil, 18, was reported by 'alarmed' pupil who saw them in Premier Inn room together

A PE teacher who allegedly had sex with an 18-year-old pupil was reported by an alarmed student after seeing them in a hotel room, a panel heard.

Former headteacher David Nicholls drove to the Premier Inn to find Melissa Tweedie, then 23, and was met by six pupils who were convinced she was in a room with the lad.


He eventually reached Miss Tweedie over the phone after getting to the hotel in Glasgow, when she insisted she was at home and failed to send her location when requested.

But the next day the pupil met Mr Nicholls at Glennifer High School in Paisley, Renfrewshire, and said they had sex.

Miss Tweedie is alleged to have partied with pupils at their school prom at SWG3 nightclub in Glasgow before going back with them to the hotel in June 2017.

Mr Nicholls told the panel: “She seemed absolutely fine and compos mentis at SWG3.

“I later found out from senior staff that they thought she was getting over familiar with a certain senior student.

“At 1:45am, one of the senior boys phoned me.

“The boy who phoned seemed alarmed and said that Miss Tweedie was in the hotel.

“He seemed quite anxious.

“When I got into the foyer I found six pupils, including the Head Boy and Deputy Head Girl, they seemed anxious and said that a member of staff was in the hotel.

“Hotel staff asked the age of the people involved and when they ascertained that they were of legal age they said it was not their problem."

He said that she broke down in tears when she was told she was suspended, pending investigation.

Miss Tweedie, who now lives in Dubai working as a yoga instructor, faces being struck off the register by the General Teaching Council for Scotland following the allegations.

Police Scotland were alerted to the incident and investigated it at the time.

They found that no criminality had taken place.

The hearing continues.


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