Sixth man charged with assaults at former boys boarding school in Cumbria

A sixth man has been charged with assaults at a former boarding school for boys.

The alleged historical offences are said to have taken place at Underley Hall School in Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria.

Derrick William Cooper, 76, of Hillberry Green, Isle of Man, has been charged with six offences of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and two offences of child cruelty, a Cumbria Police spokesman said.

The force said the charges were part of its Operation Tweed investigation – launched in July 2014 – into reports of non-recent abuse in residential schools in the south of the county.

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Rowing coach jailed for 18 years for sexually abusing 10 boys becomes SIXTH teacher at St Paul’s private schools to be convicted or banned

  • Patrick Marshall is said to have been the head of a ‘clique’ of boys he groomed
  • He was convicted of 25 offences which took place between 1969 and 1981
  • His conviction follows the conviction of five other former teachers at school
  • Another teacher was banned over his behaviour towards a young girl

A former rowing coach has become the fifth member of staff from a top private school to be convicted of child sex offences.

Patrick Marshall, who once taught at the £35,000-per-year St Paul’s School, was found guilty of 24 counts of indecent assault against nine boys and teenagers, and one count of indecency with a child at Southwark Crown Court. He was jailed for 18 years.

The married father-of-three, 70, is the third St Paul’s teacher to be convicted in Operation Winthorpe – the Metropolitan Police investigation into historical sexual abuse at the school. Two others have been convicted under separate investigations.

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And alleged boarding school abuses in Ireland continue…

Seemingly another alleged child protection failure at a boarding school?

Gardaí are at an “advanced stage” in the investigation into an alleged sexual assault of a boy at a prestigious boarding school but it is “highly unlikely” any criminal charges will be brought in relation to the incident.

A 13-year-old pupil was allegedly sexually assaulted with a hockey stick by other boys in the dormitory at King’s Hospital school in Palmerstown, Dublin, in November.
Senior sources have revealed that eight boys and the alleged victim have all been interviewed by specialist officers.

But it appears there is no prospect of the case going to court and it is being treated as a instance of “bullying” rather than sexual assault.
All the boys against whom the accusations were made were initially suspended when the allegations first came to light in November.

But the eight are all now back in school.

The Independent (IRL)

Elite boarding schools ‘cavalier’ about child abuse

More than 35 public [fee-charging boarding] schools have been embroiled in sex abuse allegations in the past three years amid claims that the private sector has been adopting a “cavalier” attitude to the problem in order to ­protect its reputation.

An investigation by The Sunday Times has also found:

Suspect teachers have been allowed to leave and been given refer­ences helping them to teach elsewhere rather than face investigation

Schools have been refusing to tell parents or pupils that an investigation is under way because of “confidentiality”

Schools have demanded gagging clauses in compensation settle­ments to prevent damage to their reputations.

The Sunday Times (paywall)

Headmistress accused of 20-year abuse campaign against vulnerable pupils at boarding school

A headmistress is accused of presiding over a 20-year reign of terror at the Royal School for the Blind as pupils reveal how she abused them because they were vulnerable.

Margaret McLenan, the former primary school’s headteacher who has since died, is alleged to have physically and emotionally abused boarders, some of whom were just five years old.

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Girls evacuated from Oakham School boarding house after boiler catches fire

Girls had to be evacuated from their school boarding house after a boiler caught fire.

An electrical fault is believed to have been responsible for the blaze in the two-storey building in Ashwell Road, Oakham, last night.

The building, known as Rushebrookes, is a boarding house for girls attending Oakham School in the town.

Most of the girls were still on their Christmas break when the fire started at 7.20pm on Sunday night. Fire crews from the town arrived at the scene within three minutes and the building was evacuated while firefighters put out the blaze, which they managed to confine to the boiler room.

The incident was attended by three fire engines and a station manager and they were on the scene until 10.50pm while they ensured the blaze was out and that the electricity was turned off, which was done by engineers from Western Power Distribution.

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Victims speak out as paedophile ex-boarding school master is jailed for 12 years

‘He was my teacher, he was meant to protect me’: Victims speak out as paedophile ex-boarding school master who had sex with pupil on his wife’s wedding dress is jailed for 12 years

Simon Ball had sex with four girls at two of Britain’s top private boarding schools.
Music director abused one girl at Kimbolton [boarding] School near Huntingdon.
Ball proposed to his victim and had sex with her in cupboard and toilet.
He had sex with girl on wife’s wedding dress at Giggleswick [boarding school], Yorkshire.
One victim said: ‘He was my teacher. He was meant to protect me’.

Victims of an ex-boarding school teacher who sexually abused four pupils and had sex with one girl on his wife’s wedding dress have spoken of their ordeal – with one describing how she was ‘robbed of her childhood’.

Oxford-educated Simon Ball, 42, was jailed for 12 years after admitting sexually abusing one girl while he was director of music at Kimbolton School near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.

He was also found guilty of sexually abusing three girls at his former school, Giggleswick School in Settle, North Yorkshire, following a nine-day trial.

One of the victims, who went to Kimbolton, said her teacher ‘was meant to protect’ her and questioned how he was able to commit a similar crime again.

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It’s a pity that BBC News do not identify the schools as boarding schools. Is it because there are many former boarders working at the BBC? In reporting these crimes against pupils at schools offering residential care, the news media have a duty of care to identify the type of school, rather than forcing us to do our own research…

Boarding school teacher ‘had sex with pupil on his wife’s wedding dress,’ court hears

A married boarding school teacher groomed one of his students and had sex with her on his wife’s wedding dress, a court heard.

Music teacher Simon Ball, 42, would also ‘sneak’ into one of his victim’s homes at night and had sex with her while her parents slept in the same house, it was alleged.

Prosecutors said Ball had sex with two of his ‘talented’ students at the same time and took one of them to get the morning after pill after a condom had split.

The allegations that Ball abused three schoolgirls aged between 13 and 16 were made during the opening of his trial at Peterborough Crown Court.

Ball, 42, denies four counts of indecent assault against former students and five counts of engaging in sexual activity while in a position of trust between 2001 and 2004.

The court was told that Ball worked at a private school in Yorkshire from 1999 to 2004 as a music teacher.

The jury was told how Ball pleaded guilty to five counts of sexual activity by person in a position of trust in May this year at a different school.

He had received an oral warning in 2001 for ‘inappropriate behaviour‘ and left the school to work at another while an investigation was taking place into allegations made against him.

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Conditions at Northumberland school’s boarding house laid bare as Ofsted report rates it inadequate

A school has been slammed by inspectors for conditions in its boarding house, where pupils shower with only a thin curtain for privacy and policies to prevent them from sexually exploiting each other are described as “poor”.

Ridley Hall, where pupils at Haydon Bridge High School, a Northumberland state school, who live in remote rural areas are able to spend the night in the week, was rated ‘inadequate’ on all counts in an Ofsted report.

The school insisted the issues raised by Ofsted were being “urgently” addressed.

But inspectors say concerns highlighted in the school’s last report have still not been tackled.

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Just how many paedophiles are working in UK boarding schools?

The Rurik Jutting case has highlighted the extent of unsuitable people working in UK boarding schools:

The Daily Mail and The Telegraph (not newspapers noted for their anti-boarding stance) both report details of Jutting’s schooldays

The Daily Mail:

EXCLUSIVE – Revealed, how sex offender who taught ‘psycho banker’ accused of murdering two prostitutes was teacher at top prep school where David Cameron AND Prince Edward were pupils

Andrew Sadler taught at Heatherdown school with Prince Edward and PM
Prince Andrew also attended the exclusive boarding school near Ascot
Sadler later taught at £6k-a-term Abberley Hall when Rurik Jutting was there
Sadler was also member of the notorious Paedophile Information Exchange
He was later jailed in 2000 for four years in Romania for sex assaults on two boys

A convicted paedophile who was caught in bed with two child prostitutes in Romania taught at schools attended by David Cameron, Prince Edward – and ‘psycho’ banker Rurik Jutting.

In an astonishing coincidence, MailOnline can reveal that Andrew Sadler, who was jailed after abusing two 15-year-old boys, was a teacher at prestigious boarding schools where the prime minister, princes Andrew and Edward, and the trader accused of murdering two sex workers in Hong Kong were all pupils.

Sadler was also a member of the notorious Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) – a vile web of perverts…

The Telegraph:

Rurik Jutting: From quiet Surrey schoolboy to sadistic sex monster of Hong Kong

Jutting had excelled at his Worcestershire boarding prep school, Abberley Hall, and after winning a scholarship to the prestigious Winchester College, his mother was delighted.

Jutting was a “quiet boy” during his childhood years in Chertsey – “certainly not one of the loud kids”, a former classmate said.

But his years at Winchester were not happy. He claims to have been abused at the historic school, where he was forced to perform oral sex on a boy.