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.

Daily Mail

Evening Standard (London)

The Times (subscription)

John Smyth allegations: why we need mandatory reporting of all child abuse

A prestigious public school was last night accused of covering up child abuse allegations against a senior Christian barrister later linked to the death of a teenager.

Morality campaigner John Smyth QC was accused by young victims of beating them so violently that they had to wear adult nappies to staunch the bleeding, after he recruited them at a Christian youth camp where the Archbishop of Canterbury once worked.

The alleged four-year campaign of ritualised violence in the late 1970s was reported to the trust which ran the camps for pupils from some of Britain’s leading public schools – but appears not to have been reported to police for more than three decades.

Winchester College said it banned Smyth, 75, from contact with its pupils in 1982 but did not go to police in order to spare his alleged victims from ‘further trauma’.

Meanwhile, Smyth moved to Zimbabwe, where he was alleged to have continued his violent abuse of children at more summer camps. He was also reportedly accused of culpable homicide over the death of a 16-year-old boy, Guide Nyachuru, who was found naked in a school pool, but the prosecution was dropped.

The married father of four – who once worked with campaigner Mary Whitehouse – has refused to respond to accusations he abused 22 boys and young men in Britain in attacks of escalating violence which drove one to attempt suicide.

Daily Mail

Stress ‘changes brains of boys and girls differently’

At Nick Duffell’s recent Ealing lecture, he spoke about the changes in the brains of nd_ealingboarders. Boarders coping with the trauma of abandonment in a loveless institution.

BBC News reports on a study by researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine which shows that stress ‘changes brains of boys and girls differently’.

BBC News

Boarding Concern at the Independent Schools Show 2016

No, we didn’t have a stand but we have been to this year’s event in London.

We went to hear what the boarding industry had to say. We also spoke with parents to hear their thoughts on boarding.

We heard the usual platitudes about “modern” boarding. How boarding has changed from what “we” went through. “Modern” boarders tell us it hasn’t changed, boarding is still boarding. Trauma, separation, abandonment and bereavement of homesickness are still the same. Some things never change. And boarders are not sick of home. It is boarding school that makes them sick. They are schoolsick.

We attended this talk in the Education Theatre. We will post a write-up shortly. But we never did find out who these “experts” are who claim boarding “can strengthen the family unit“…

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Full house at our 2016 Conference

We welcomed 75 attendees to our 2016 Conference in London last Saturday. The fullest we have been. To date…

And this despite there being a separate Boarding School Survivors course for women in London. And another survivors event elsewhere in England.

Professor Joy Schaverien was our keynote speaker, addressing the topic of: The Creation of Boarding School Syndrome: Girls and Boys; How does the trauma differ? See this flyer for more details.

Some images of the day:

Family bonding is more important than loveless boarding

Boarding schools are ‘orphanages for the privileged’ which all too often create people driven to succeed at work but who fail to engage emotionally at home.

That’s the view expressed by Mark Stibbe in his new book, Home at Last.

Mark says that, for many people, the journey from private boarding school education to political, civic and military leadership is a troubled one.

“Children sent away at an early age are forced to adapt far too early to the rigours and challenges of life away from their family,” he argues, “and people who have risen to leadership have often suffered the trauma of abandonment and, in some cases, abuse.”

Home at Last at Amazon UK

Launching “Trauma, Abandonment and Privilege”

Thursday evening.  London.  For once, the torrential rain holds off.  Are we somewhere tropical?  Well, for those of us living south of the River, it could be.

P1000025cWe are gathering in Daunt’s Books in Hampstead for the launch of Nick Duffell and Thurstine Basset’s Trauma, Abandonment and Privilege.

The books on the shelf might indicate a left wing local customer base but the guests tonight have accents one might place as being from a different social background.  But then this is Hampstead…

First things first.  To buy my copy and get it signed by the authors.

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That done I can mingle with the other guests.

P1000029cAnd await the learned words from our authors.

P1000054c P1000060cLearned and wise words that did not go over our heads.  I think…

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Denied the chance to love: Abuse in a British Prep School

Benjamin Fry, the founder of Khiron House trauma treatment clinics has blogged about prep school sexual abuse.

We salute his courage in speaking out about boarding school abuse.

The sad thing to report is that children are still being being harmed, abused and traumatised at British boarding schools today.  And not all of it is sexual.

Who is looking after your children tonight?