- 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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The TES has tried to be even-handed in the boarding school debate, by giving the boarding schools trade association the right of reply to Professor Joy Schaverien.
Sadly, Robin Fletcher misses the point by claiming that boarding schools are just the same as every other school and cites something about “prejudice” against boarding school.
Sorry Robin but people have not pre-judged boarding schools. The evidence that they harm young children is new. As is the industry’s predation of overseas children by ripping them away from their families, cultures and communities to institutionalise them thousands of miles away in the UK. Without this predation, many UK boarding schools would be forced to merge or close through lack of UK pupils.
Most parents instinctively know that to artificially separate children from their parents by placing children in an institution cannot be good for them. So the vast majority of British parents do indeed shun boarding schools. They want to be there for their children, not some scheduled conference call on Skype or a hastily dashed-off email. Being there for their children, at the end of the day, unwinding together, catching up on each other’s day. And being able to sense or feel if something is going wrong for their child.
Something modern technology cannot do as today’s boarding school abuse cases sadly show us.
Colet Court anyone?
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The BBC reports that additional arrests have been made as part of Operation Winthorpe, the police investigation into child abuse at St Paul’s school in Barnes and its preparatory boarding school Colet Court.
Boarding Concern have been following the developing case of allegations of child sexual abuse against pupils at two of London’s top private (fee-charging) schools.
Both The Times and the Daily Mail have been reporting the allegations against staff at St Paul’s School and its Prep School, Colet Court. BBC London has a video report. The London Evening Standard has also reported on the police investigation.
While the boarding school industry always like to go on and on about how much ‘modern’ boarding has changed for the better, we note that these allegations date from the 1960s until last year, 2013.
Boarding Concern welcome the news that experienced detectives from the Metropolitan Police’s specialist child abuse command (Paedophile Unit) are looking into these allegations.
Boarding Concern believe that experienced and specially trained police officers must investigate all boarding school child abuse allegations.