Teacher who had sex with pupil was church missionary

A disgraced woman teacher struck off for having sex with a pupil on his prom night has been working in as a missionary.

Wednesday, 31st August 2016, 9:26 am
Updated Wednesday, 31st August 2016, 10:29 am
Whitburn Academy. Picture: TSPL

French teacher Isabelle Graham, 28, was struck off on Tuesday for having sex with the 17-year-old pupil at a Travelodge hotel in Edinburgh.

She was axed after a shocking picture emerged showing her lying semi-naked in bed at the hotel while a boy stood at the door of the room.

Now it has emerged that she has been doing work for the Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Scripture Readers Association (SASRA) a charity based in Aldershot, Hampshire, which spreads the teaching of Jesus among squaddies.

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Devout Christian Ms Graham is known at SASRA, whose patron is The Queen, by the name Shona Wilkie.

Shona is her middle name and Wilkie is her married surname.

Her husband Andrew Wilkie, 28, who is standing by her, is training to be a clergyman.

The pair were engaged to be married at the time she bedded the pupil in June 2014.

The couple have subsequently tied the knot and Ms Graham last week gave birth to a baby son.

Ms Graham resigned from her role at Whitburn Academy, West Lothian, after the incident came to light.

She and Andrew, 28, are now living in Aldershot.

Ms Graham started working for SASRA in July 2015.

As part of her duties, she compiled a book for the charity of the war diaries of a scripture-reading soldier at the Somme called William Ransley.

The book was published in July.

A publicity blurb for the book states: “Shona Wilkie, who compiled this book began working at SASRA in July 2015, coordinating Donor Relations and Book Publications.

“She and her husband live in Hampshire and are members of a local evangelical church, where they are both actively involved in church life.”

The charity is a highly respected organisation which as well as having The Queen as its patron has former Army chief General Lord Dannatt as president.

Its website says: “Our mission is one of personal evangelism.

“Uniquely we are permitted, subject to Chaplain’s permission and Commanding Officers’ permission, to visit soldiers and airmen in their accommodation work and recreation areas.

“This is done with a view to befriending them and introducing them to the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Ms Graham claimed that her drink was spiked on the night of the prom and said she could not remember what happened.

She insisted that she did not believe in sex before marriage.

But a General Teaching Council for Scotland disciplinary tribunal struck her off after finding that she “repeatedly engaged in sexual activity” with the boy after giving him booze and sharing a bed with him.