A disgraced teacher who was banned from the classroom after it was revealed he had a ‘sexual relationship’ with an ex-pupil has now been 'sacked' from his new job with the police in Bermuda.

Former Wycombe Abbey School drama teacher Matthew McGowan, 38, appears to have left the UK amidst the sex scandal, flying around 3,500 miles to the island of Bermuda in search of a new start.

However, having secured a job with the Bermuda Police Service as an ‘unsworn student officer’ three weeks ago, he has now been relieved of his duties after revelations about the controversy were read on the internet by his bosses.

Mr McGowan, who taught at Wycombe Abbey School, in High Wycombe, from 2011 until he resigned last year, denied the allegations made by the girl – known only as pupil A – but a disciplinary panel said it was “more likely than not” that sexual activity did take place.

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The pupil claimed that after she left the school – which costs up to £12,600-a-term to attend - the pair would exchange naked photos and videos before their relationship became “very physical” around January last year, with sex acts taking place in his school office and his car.

Within days of his lifetime school ban being reported by the Bucks Free Press, news reached the Bermuda police force, with Mr McGowan’s superiors swiftly taking action against him.

Acting deputy commissioner Antoine Daniels said information about the allegations had not been made available during the recruitment process and the matter was being taken “very seriously”.

In a statement, Mr Daniels said: “Matthew McGowan has been employed as an unsworn student officer on a recruit foundation course at the police training centre since September 11, 2017.

“Information has come to light that a professional conduct panel in England has prohibited him from teaching indefinitely after it found allegations to be proven that he behaved inappropriately with a former female student.

“The information about the allegations against Mr McGowan was not available during the recruiting process and it was not declared by Mr McGowan.

“The Bermuda Police Service takes the matter very seriously and has removed Mr McGowan from duty with immediate effect.

“An update on his employment status will be provided in due course after legal advice has been taken.”

Before his dismissal, acting commissioner Paul Wright confirmed one of their 14 new recruits was being investigated following media reports.

Bermuda news website, Bernews, claim that McGowan previously had links to the island and even worked as a teacher at local school Warwick Academy between 2007 and 2010.

Following Mr McGowan’s lifetime teaching ban, Wycombe Abbey head teacher Rhiannon Wilkinson said she was “appalled” by his behaviour.

And children’s charity NSPCC also hit out, releasing a statement saying he had “exploited his position of trust”.

The charity spokesman added: “It is right that he has faced the consequences of his complete failure to protect and safeguard a pupil in his care.

“Teachers play a vital role in the welfare of children and young people and it is right that he is banned from a profession which would have seen him working in close proximity with teenagers on a daily basis.”