Bancroft’s School, Woodford, Essex

Bancroft’s School, Woodford, Essex

Maths teacher at £15,000 a year private school where comedian Alan Davies and Towie star Jess Wright went is jailed for sex with pupil, 15 

  • Dr John Wunderle, 35, was a teacher at Bancroft’s School in Essex 
  • He was found half naked in girl’s bedroom and said ‘it’s a misunderstanding’
  • Her parents thought they would end up fleeing like teacher Jeremy Forrest
  • They hired a private investigator who caught girl getting into his car
  • After her GCSE results they planned to run away to Amsterdam
  • The girl said she now feels ‘stupid’ and was ‘manipulated’ by Wunderle 
  • He pleaded guilty to offences and was sentenced to four years in prison 

A maths teacher at one of Britain’s top private schools, which was attended by comedian Alan Davies and Towie star Jess Wright, has been jailed for having sex with a 15-year-old pupil.

Dr John Wunderle, 35, was a teacher at £15,000 a year Bancroft’s School in Woodford, Essex.

But concern was raised with the girl’s parents.

When the girl’s mother caught him getting dressed in the teenager’s bedroom he insisted there was an innocent reason he was half-naked in their home and said: ‘It’s all a misunderstanding’

Her parents were terrified the couple would flee the country as teacher Jeremy Forrest did with a 15-year-old pupil in 2012.

Nicholas Bleaney, prosecuting, told Snaresbrook Crown Court that the victim’s parents had taken away her phone and computer to stop further contact.

But he added that when they grew suspicious that they were still in contact they hired a private detective and gave the girl a phone with a tracking device.

The couple were caught and the teenager discovered under a blanket on the back seat of Mr Wunderle’s car after he had been bailed by the police.


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