Teacher jailed for pupil affair

A private school teacher who admitted having an unlawful relationship with a 15-year-old pupil has been jailed for 15 months at Southwark Crown Court.

Helen Goddard, 26, taught music at a prestigious central London school before her arrest in July.

Goddard, of Thornham Street, Greenwich, south-east London, pleaded guilty to six counts of sexual activity with a female child under 16.

She has also been ordered to sign the sex offenders register.

'Complete betrayal'

Goddard, who was known as the "jazz lady", became close to the youngster as they met over coffee after classes but she was "pressured" into the affair by the pupil, the court was told.

Their relationship became sexual and during their five-month affair the two spent a weekend in Paris and on another occasion the student stayed overnight at Goddard's home.

The teenager's parents called the relationship a "complete betrayal" of trust.

The school was made aware of the affair through an anonymous tip-off, the court heard.

Police found several sex toys during a search of Goddard's home after her arrest.

Goddard admitted six sample counts of sexual activity with the girl between February and July this year.