Boarding school investigated after firearm incident

Charity Commission launches inquiry into independent boarding school after two arrests were made

An Islamic boarding school is being investigated after the headteacher and his son were arrested following reports of a firearm being brandished.

The Charity Commission has opened a statutory inquiry into Darul Uloom School, in south-east London, over concerns about potential misconduct and mismanagement at its charity.

Armed police went to the school on 30 May following reports of a man believed to be seen with a suspected firearm.

A teacher, Yusef Musa, who worked as the school’s safeguarding lead, was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

He is due to appear at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

His father, who was the school’s headteacher, was also arrested. He has since been released under investigation.

On 13 June, the secretary of state applied to Westminster Magistrates’ Court for an order that the school be removed from the register of independent schools, meaning it would no longer be able to operate.

A hearing took place on 15 June and was adjourned until 22 June, when a settlement between the Department for Education and the charity was reached.

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A former teacher at a boarding school has been charged with indecently assaulting a pupil 42 years ago.

Roger Martin, 82, of Palgrave Rd, Great Dunham, King’s Lynn, was a member of staff at Christ’s Hospital in Horsham, West Sussex.

He is accused of assaulting a 10-year-old boy at the school between September and December 1976,

Mr Martin has been summonsed to appear at Crawley Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday to answer the charge.

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Christ’s Hospital School teacher jailed for pupil rape

A former teacher at a top independent boarding school in West Sussex has been sentenced to 17 years in jail for a string of sex offences including rape.

James Husband, 68, from York, was convicted of raping a 15-year-old pupil at Christ’s Hospital School in Horsham.

He was also found guilty at an earlier hearing at Hove Crown Court of five indecent assault charges on the girl.

Husband, of Wigginton, is the fifth Christ’s Hospital School teacher to be convicted of sexually abusing students.

Over the five cases, the sexual abuse at the school spanned more than 30 years and involved 22 victims.

His co-defendant and a former head of house at the school Gary Dobbie, 66, of Rue De La Piale, Albi, France, was convicted of 15 counts involving multiple offences against six boys and two girls as young as 12.

Dobbie, formerly of Hereford, was teaching at independent Shrewsbury School, in Shropshire, at the time of his arrest in 2016.

He has yet to be sentenced.

Jurors heard the abuse took place between 1990 and 2001 and that both men were friends and used to laugh together about their abuse.

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IICSA announces publication date for report into Ampleforth and Downside (English Benedictine Congregation case study)

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) will publish the investigation report on the Ampleforth and Downside hearings held last November and December at 12pm on Thursday 9 August 2018.

Ampleforth Abbey and School and Downside Abbey and School were considered as part of the English Benedictine Congregation case study, which is part of the Roman Catholic Church investigation. The public hearings considered the nature and extent of child sexual abuse by individuals associated with the English Benedictine Congregation, and any failures by them or the Roman Catholic Church to protect children from sexual abuse. The hearings also examined the adequacy of the response by the Church and other authorities, into allegations of child sexual abuse by individuals associated with the Congregation.  How these allegations were acted upon by the Church and what criminal or civil proceedings resulted from these allegations.


Queen Ethelburga’s school: Prosecutors seek retrial on two counts of indecent assault and one of sexual assault

A former chair of governors at a private school has been cleared of a series of historical sex abuse charges.

Brian Martin, 68, was found not guilty after a trial at Leeds Crown Court of 21 offences said to have taken place between 1982 and 2010.

Prosecutors said they would be seeking a retrial on two counts of indecent assault and one of sexual assault.

Mr Martin, of Ferrensby, was as once chairman of the governors at Queen Ethelburga’s school near York.

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Inspectors report that London boarding school is ‘disorganised and unsafe’

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A private boarding school has been hit with a critical Ofsted report after inspectors were urged to visit by an anonymous tip-off.

Heathside Preparatory School, which has a number of sites in and around Hampstead, was told the inspection had found the running of its boarding provision to be “disorganised and unsafe”.

The school is already at the centre of a row over the future of a historic pub it acquired two years ago.

The Old White Bear has remained shut while Heathside Prep use space for teaching, despite planning assurances that the ground floor would be let as a bar.

Headteacher Melissa Remus said new procedures were in place to deal with the concerns raised by Ofsted over its boarding house, which is a term-time home for 15 children.

Inspectors visited last month after what they described as the “receipt of information expressing concerns”.

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A recent allegation by a boarder was internally investigated without the independent oversight of the designated officer from the local authority,” the inspection report said. “The school’s record of this incident and other complaints lacked detail and in some cases there was no formal record at all.”

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Christ’s Hospital School: Teachers guilty of sex abuse

Gary Dobbie and James Husband face jail as number of ex-staff convicted reaches five

A former teacher at a top boarding school in West Sussex has been found guilty of raping a 15-year-old pupil.

James Husband, 68, of Wigginton in York, was also convicted of five charges of indecent assault on the girl at Christ’s Hospital School in Horsham.

The school’s former head of house, Gary Dobbie, 66, was convicted of 15 counts involving multiple offences against six boys and two girls as young as 12.

Hove Crown Court heard the abuse took place between 1990 and 2001.

Jurors were told that Husband had told the girl: “It’s OK, I’ve had a vasectomy,” before raping her.

Both men were friends and used to laugh together about their exploits with the boarding school students.

They are yet to be sentenced.

Three other former members of staff at the school were previously convicted after police investigated complaints made by 22 former students.

Peter Webb and Peter Burr were both jailed after admitting committing offences at the school between the 1960s and 1980s.

Sports coach Ajaz Karim was found guilty in April of assaulting six girls between 1985 and 1993 and is due to be sentenced in August.

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A former Newcastle United youth coach has been jailed for 20 years after being convicted of a string of sex abuse offences spanning 25 years.

George Ormond, 62, coached a grassroots football club in the 1970s and 1980s before going on to work for United’s youth system in the 1990s.

Newcastle Crown Court heard he used his “position of power” to abuse 18 boys and young men between 1973 and 1998.

He was convicted of 35 charges of indecent assault and one of indecency.

The jury was told Ormond “manipulated his position” and held out a “glittering future” to young players, but could block their progress if they stood up to him.

He would indecently touch boys while massaging them or treating them for injuries and insist they not wear anything under their shorts, then check they had followed the rule.

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Police investigate after video emerges of violent assault at Beechen Cliff School in Bath

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Police are investigating after a video emerged showing a group of Bath boarding school boys assaulting another boy on school grounds.

The disturbing video, shared with Bath Live by a concerned parent, was filmed by one of the boys involved in the incident at Beechen Cliff School.

It shows a group of three boys in school uniform carrying out a nasty attack on the victim, watched by at least two other pupils, one of whom filmed the incident on a mobile phone.

Police have confirmed they are investigating an assault at the school on March 6.

The video, which Bath Live understands was shared on social media, shows the boys standing with the victim on the school lower field next to Green Way Lane, Bath.

One boy appears to play punch the boy before tackling him to the ground.

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