Former groundsman charged with 17 further sex abuse charges at North Devon boarding school

A former groundsman has denied a further 17 offences of sexually abusing a boy at the boarding school in North Devon where he worked.

Peter Weyman, aged 66, was already facing allegations of abduction and indecency but has now been charged with further offences at Exeter Crown Court.

Both sets of allegations relate to boys who were students at Chelfham Mill School, near Barnstaple, between 1992 and 1994.

Weyman, of Cleveland Close, Carlton, Lindrick, pleaded not guilty to 17 new offences of indecent assault or indecency against the same boy when he was aged nine to 13.

He has already denied one count of child abduction, five of indecent assault, and five of gross indecency at an earlier hearing.

Judge Geoffrey Mercer, QC, adjourned all the cases for a jury trial to be held at Exeter on September 11 this year and released Weyman on bail.

Chelfham Mill School was a privately run boarding school for 40 boys with behavioural difficulties, aged seven to 18, until in closed last year following an Ofsted investigation.

Devon Live

Another pointless tickbox “outstanding” boarding inspection

What is the point of these Ofsted inspections that are mere tickbox exercises for boarding? Where are the social workers assessing why each boarder has been placed in care, away from their families?

The UK is a small country and we no longer have an Empire. There is no longer any need for children to be sent away to loveless institutions (regardless of how comfortable they are).

If a teenager chooses to board at 16+ and it is exclusively their decision, then we at Boarding Concern will support their decision (subject to proper safeguards). But there is absolutely no need in 21st Century Britain to send children and young teenagers away from home, given the disastrous history of British boarding.

Everything else is just pointless PR puff.

“Delight as Wymondham College earns ‘outstanding’ inspection grade”

Eastern Daily Press

Durand Academy should be in special measures

Inspectors wrote that Durand is “failing to give its pupils an acceptable standard of education

Durand Academy, the controversial school already battling government attempts to terminate its funding agreement, is “inadequate” and should be placed in special measures according to a draft report accidently published on Ofsted’s website.

In the report, which appeared online on Wednesday night, the inspectorate rated the primary school in Stockwell, south London – which has a boarding site in in West Sussex – as inadequate on eight out of nine subheadings.


BBC News

Sexey’s school, Bruton, slammed by Ofsted report over serious and widespread safeguarding failings

Serious and widespread safeguarding failings are putting pupils at a top Somerset boarding school at risk according to an Ofsted report.

The report, published on Thursday (10 November 2016), raised concerns about older pupils supervising bedtimes for younger pupils at the boarding school, and also said some allegations of sexually inappropriate behaviour between boarders had not been dealt with properly.

Boarding facilities at Sexey’s School were inspected in October and found to be inadequate – read the full summary of the Ofsted report below.

The state boarding school in Bruton was Somerset’s top performing school in the 2016 GCSEs, it was the third year in a row the school topped the table.

But inspectors found “serious and widespread safeguarding failings” were placing boarders at risk.

Somerset Live

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.

Chronicle Live