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.

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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.

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Female teacher, 32, at Haileybury boarding school is struck off after lying about ‘medical degree’ and having ‘inappropriate’ relationships with pupils

Female teacher, 32, at £30,000-a-year boarding school is struck off after lying about ‘medical degree’ and having ‘inappropriate’ relationships with pupils

  • Siobhan McHugh, 32, lied to get job as biology teacher at Haileybury in Hertford
  • Spent time alone with 11-year-old pupil who was not in her class in her laboratory
  • Failed to distance herself from student she called ‘clingy’ at school ceilidh dance
  • Endangered pupils as a rugby medic on basis of false qualifications, panel heard

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Sniffer dogs are called into £35,000-a-year Bryanston School as pupil, 16, is expelled in drugs scandal

One of the country’s most expensive private schools is bringing in sniffer dogs after expelling a 16-year-old over drugs.

Bryanston School, whose former pupils include TV presenter Ben Fogle, actress Emilia Fox and artist Lucian Freud, said it had toughened up its ‘search and confiscation’ policy following the incident.

The unidentified teenager was ‘asked to leave’ the prestigious co-educational boarding school, where parents are charged annual fees of £35,646, soon after starting there a few months ago.

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Ministry of Defence accused of attempting to cover up claims of abuse at top military boarding school

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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Celeb boarding school Bedales gave sex abuse suspect a teaching reference

A famous boarding school whose alumni include Sophie Dahl and Lily Allen has apologised for providing a former teacher with an employment reference despite them being suspected of sexual abuse.

Bedales also apologised for allowing the teacher in question to continue working at the Hampshire school in the immediate aftermath of the allegations and not contacting the police straight away.


Teenage kitchen worker kills mother at boys’ boarding school

A mother-of-two was run over and killed in the car park of a £21,000-a-year boarding school by a teenage kitchen worker without a full driving licence, a pre-inquest hearing was told today.

Melvin Ansah-Owusu, 19, mistakenly put the automatic car into reverse before accelerating as he was trying to park at Sunningdale School, in Ascot on November 5 2015, a coroner was told.

Caixia Sun was walking back to her car after a Bonfire Night fireworks display at the all-boys prep school when she was hit by a school-owned Ford Galaxy.

Barney Branston, representing Sunningdale School, in Ascot, told the hearing, which was attended by the school’s headteacher Tom Dawson, that Mrs Sun was hit by the car after Ansuh-Owusu, who only had a provisional driving licence at the time, had stepped on the accelerator pedal while the car was in reverse.

‘He had intended to move forward but the car was in not in ‘drive’ but instead in ‘reverse,’ causing it to move back at speed,’ he said.

Mr Branston also objected to the use of a jury for the inquest, which is normally only reserved for work-relelated deaths or public-sector fatalities.

‘Melvin was not driving as part of his work function,’ he said.

‘He was not engaged as a driver in his working capacity. It is purely ancillary that this was a work-place death. It’s not part of his job to drive.’

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Boarding school headmaster aims to expel pupils for things like ‘going to the park’ because he’s got too many students

The headmaster of a posh private boarding school ordered staff to help expel pupils – because it’s oversubscribed.

Ruthin School‘s Toby Belfield emailed teachers telling them to be more ruthless and sent another email to all staff and students outlining the problem.

Obtained by the Daily Post, the note says there will be at least 25 too many students come September.

This means that the school, which been named the best in the UK for mathematics, is struggling to make its own numbers add up

Mr Belfield intends to look for reasons to free up space by kicking out students through “carefully examining” their behaviour.

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Former boarder sues boarding school following sex probe

PHILADELPHIA — An alumna sued a Pennsylvania boarding school Friday, weeks after a grand jury report detailed a half-century of sexual abuse there, accusing the school of ignoring warnings the athletic director was sexually involved with her.

The “Jane Doe” accuser said Solebury School’s permissive atmosphere enabled staff to prey on vulnerable teens. The woman, now 29, said that athletic director Lyle Hazel started grooming her in 10th grade and started a sexual relationship in 12th grade that continued for years and left her unable to finish college.

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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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