Jewish boarding school in Gateshead branded ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted inspectors

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”.

Chronicle Live

No criminal charges for former head teacher of Taunton boarding school

Chris Alcock, 58, resigned from Queen’s College last year

A former head teacher who was at the centre of the a police probe will not be prosecuted, it has been confirmed.

Chris Alcock, a former head teacher of Queen’s College in Taunton, quit his position last year amid claims he downloaded porn on school computers and conducted inappropriate adult relationships.

Until his dismissal, he had been head teacher of the £30,000-a-year Queen’s College since 2001.

He handed in his resignation after he was confronted with the the accusations he had breached the code of conduct at the school, founded 173 years ago on strict Methodist principles.

Somerset Live

‘Inadequate’ boarding school in Exeter where pupils were at risk of harm is revisited by Ofsted

Ofsted inspectors have returned to ‘inadequate’ Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education this week to conduct a monitoring visit.

During their two-day visit this Tuesday and Wednesday, inspectors have been focusing on improvements it has made in safeguarding, and teaching and learning. Last December the findings of the academy’s recent Ofsted inspection were announced revealing it was found to be at risk of harm.

The damning report said it was not providing an acceptable standard of education. It said failures by governors had put pupils at risk of harm and led to a serious decline in the school’s performance. Inspectors found a new child protection reporting system was “not fit for purpose”, and disclosed there had been an investigation into “serious allegations” relating to safeguarding.

 

Devon Live

Boarding school teacher facing teaching ban over allegations he had sex with a teenage pupil.

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.

Evening Standard

Daily Mail

UK child abuse inquiry: three Catholic boarding schools ‘should form case study’

Three prominent Benedictine boarding schoolsAmpleforth, Downside and Worthshould 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.

The Guardian

Fury as identity of teacher who had sex with pupils at Edinburgh boarding school is kept secret

The head of a boys’ boarding school last night apologised after a former teacher was struck off for having sex with pupils.

The 34-year-old female had sex with a number of males aged 17 or 18.

She also admitted sending sexually explicit videos to a pupil at £29,000-a-year Merchiston Castle in Edinburgh.

Last night, as fury erupted over the identity of the teacher being kept a secret, the school’s
headmaster told of his regret over the incidents, which happened in 2014 and 2015.

Daily Record

Headmaster of Windsor prep school sentenced

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.

Windsor Observer

Daily Mail

UK Boarding: the decline continues

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.

Singing teacher at Catholic boarding school had sex with pupil and encouraged her to take drugs

A singing teacher at a prestigious Roman Catholic boarding school had sex with a pupil after giving her free lessons​ and sending her a picture of him in the bath.

David Brown, 46, also encouraged the 18 year-old to take drugs after telling her how much they would boost their sexual relationship.

The relationship was only discovered after the schoolgirl’s mother found messages on her iPhone – which Brown had given her – and on a laptop which discussed their sex sessions.

Brown, who worked at Worth School in West Sussex, was banned from the classroom for life after admitting unacceptable professional conduct and conduct which may bring the profession into disrepute.

The Telegraph

BBC News

Daily Mail

Decades of sex abuse at elite all-girls boarding school

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.

Byron Shire News (USA)