Pupils at a Jewish boarding school where full background checks were not carried out on staff have been put at risk – inspectors have claimed.
The Yeshiva Lezeirim Preparatory Academy, in Gateshead, offers a year of schooling to Orthodox Jewish boys aged 15-16, aimed at preparing them for further study in aspects of the faith.
But a recent visit by Ofsted found that safeguarding arrangements were not good enough, and pupils weren’t making enough progress in non-religious aspects of the curriculum.
Inspectors examined both the teaching and education at the boarding school, and the quality of social care for the children who stay over in the boarding house, in separate inspections.
It was judged to be inadequate in both reports.
Policies intended to keep pupils safe did not meet national standards, inspectors found. Insufficient checks were made on staff background, meaning “the school may employ people who are not suitable to care for the pupils”.
A teacher at one of Britain’s most prestigious public schools had sex with a teenage pupil in his classroom, a misconduct panel heard.
Dr Dean Johnson, 52, a physics master at Charterhouse in Godalming, Surrey, revealed his fantasies in Facebook messages to the girl beforehand.
He also asked what her underwear size was before buying stockings and presenting them to her gift-wrapped.
The astronomy and astrophysics specialist, who joined the £36,000-a-year boarding school in 1997, is facing a teaching ban after the panel found the allegations proven.
It heard he resigned in 2013 when the relationship came to light, after the girl complained to police.
An investigation led to his conviction for possessing extreme pornography, which depicted a woman being hanged, in 2015. He has since taught abroad.
Three prominent Benedictine boarding schools – Ampleforth, Downside and Worth – should be examined as a combined case study for the UK child sex abuse investigation into the Catholic church, a preliminary hearing has been told.
The work of the archdiocese of Birmingham and its schools should also feature as a complementary case study, according to the lawyer in charge of the Catholic church strand of the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse (IICSA).
Setting out her recommendations for hearings planned in November, Riel Karmy-Jones QC proposed that an examination of a fourth school should be delayed because of an imminent criminal trial involving a former teacher.
Inquiries into allegations at Fort Augustus Abbey school in the Scottish Highlands should also be restricted to the movement of English monks transferred to the institution, Karmy-Jones suggested, because a separate Scottish inquiry into child sex abuse would deal with any offences committed there.
A veteran teacher who retired four years ago has escaped prison for sexually assaulting a 12-year-old pupil at prestigious St George’s School at Windsor Castle two decades ago.
Latin teacher Anthony Brailsford, now 70, was briefly acting headteacher at the boarding prep school in 1993.
He committed the offences in 1997 and 1998.
On 13 Jan, he was given a six months suspended prison sentence by Judge Mr Recorder Christopher Quinlan QC at Reading Crown Court.
New figures released today by the Independent Schools Council (the umbrella association for UK fee-charging/private schools) show that boarding in the UK continues to decline.
Another year of battering for the beleaguered boarding school industry with historic and current abuse allegations and prosecutions. Failures in safeguarding and child protection. Failures to comply with the minimum standards for boarding. On top of the growing awareness of the harm caused by Boarding School Syndrome. Batterings from the usually pro-boarding news media. And the publication of Alex Renton’s damning book, showing nothing has changed in boarding.
Largest decline is in girl boarders: -1.46% with those in single sex girls’ schools (GSA) down -4.0%. And a -2.4% decline in girls at boarding prep schools.
For boys, the drop is -0.3% overall with prep school boy boarders down -0.2%.
Shocking to see in the ISC’s figures that 6 year olds are still being sent away to boarding school.
More analysis to follow…
All figures from the ISC Annual Census 2017.
An elite all-girls boarding school in New York has released a report detailing nearly seven decades of sexual abuse and misconduct, with both male and female educators accused of engaging in improper relationships with students.
The 127-page report released Tuesday spans misconduct at the Emma Willard School in Troy from the late 1950s through the 2015-16 academic year, including instances of rape, sexual assault and harassment, as well as the “grooming” of young women for affairs.
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There were fresh calls last night to widen the Scottish government’s child abuse inquiry after a former pupil of a military boarding school in Dunblane claimed he was abused by a teacher.
It has emerged police launched an investigation after a victim broke decades of silence to reveal his abuse at the hands of a housemaster at Queen Victoria School (QVS) in the 1970s.
When Alex Renton came out as a victim of abuse as a boarder, he was inundated with harrowing stories from former pupils. Now, he has written an exposé of the shameful legacy of Britain’s boarding schools
Britain’s most prestigious military boarding school is facing damaging new claims that it covered up allegations of abuse against students.
On Saturday The Telegraph exposed how the Ministry of Defence appeared to collude The Duke of York’s Royal Military School to stifle claims of bullying and abuse.
Kent Police launched a review into their alleged failure to investigate dozens of criminal allegations at the school, and at least one detective inspector has been disciplined.
The Ministry of Defence is accused of colluding with Britain’s most prestigious military boarding school to cover up claims of abuse, The Telegraph can disclose.
Kent Police has now launched a review into their alleged failure to investigate dozens of criminal allegations at The Duke of York’s Royal Military School, and at least one detective inspector has been disciplined.
The force has set up a dedicated team to review claims about the school, which is seen as a breeding ground for future army leaders and boasts His Royal Highness, The Duke of Kent, as a patron.
The boarding school near Dover, which has enjoyed visits from Prince Harry and the British Army’s Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Nicholas Carter, is listed on police records as the location for 38 crime reports over the last two decades.
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