Former Ongar boarding school teacher arrested over historic sex offences found dead

A 65-year-old former teacher arrested over historic child sex offences at a former boarding school in Ongar has been found dead before charges could be brought against him.

John Stagg, a former teacher at Elmbridge School in Fyfield, was originally arrested on October 28, 2015, before a file was passed to the Crown Prosecution Service for a decision on charging Stagg with five counts of buggery and eight counts of indecent assault.

While a decision was made to charge Stagg, he was found dead before that could take place.

Stagg, who was also a former music teacher at one of Birmingham’s top grammar schools, had already been jailed for two-and-a-half years for seducing and sexually abusing his teenage pupils at that school in 1998.

He taught at King Edward VI School for Boys in Aston and encouraged his victims to come back to his flat in Erdington where he plied them with drink and drugs and showed pornographic videos.

Another former teacher of Elmbridge School has been charged with 11 counts of indecent assault in relation with claims made by former pupils.

Retired Brian Truan, 80 and of Church Road in Peldon, near Colchester, was charged in connection with an investigation by Essex Police into allegations of non-recent child sexual abuse at the former boarding school.

Essex Live

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.

The Mirror

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.

Indiana Gazette

Fear extends into night – research raises concerns about bullying among boarders

Dr Niamh O’Brien, research fellow at the anti-bullying centre at Dublin City University, has studied the effects of bullying in a private boarding school in England.

The Dubliner, who is based at Anglia Ruskin University in Essex, found in her research specific concerns about bullying among boarders.

She carried out her research into a fee-charging school that takes both day pupils and boarders.

“For the day students in the school, they could leave in the afternoon after the school day was over,” Dr O’Brien tells Review.

“The boarding students were there in the evening time. For anyone affected by bullying, there was that fear that it would extend into the night-time – maybe when there was less adult supervision and things had gone quiet.

“The day pupils could talk to their parents or their siblings if bullying was happening, but that was not always possible for boarding students.”

Irish Independent

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

For all those who think sexual abuse in British boarding schools was all in the past…

Sadly, we deal with the abuse of boarders today.  Advising their parents when the boarding schools are more concerned about protecting their reputations and fee income that the protection of children…  Schools making platitudes about “child protection” while all the time failing children in their care.  Yes, modern boarding is no different from its shameful past.

Incredible roll call of 51 teachers banned from the classroom for sexual misconduct: Inappropriate behaviour includes affairs with pupils, sexting, and groping children 

  • Six women teachers are among dozens struck off since January 2015
  • 17 teachers engaged in inappropriate relationships with students, and a further 14 were said to have touched pupils
  • Those banned by the National College for Teaching and Learning include teachers who had affairs with pupil and one who got teen pregnant
  • Others were struck off for crimes such as voyeurism and exposure 

In February 2015, Ruth Vaughan, 27, was banned from teaching after she embarked on an affair with a sixth-former at the £30,000-a-year Oakham School, a boarding school in Rutland.

Daily Mail

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?

It’s not just sexual abuse that harms children in UK boarding schools…

Pete Saunders of NAPAC is quoted in the TES from January this year.

And the Independent Association of Prep Schools in another TES article miss the point when they think that children in boarding schools can only be harmed by “sexual offences”.  A lot of harm happens just by sending a child away to boarding school.  Ask Professor Schaverien

The culture of silence and denial around harming children in boarding school continues…

Letter to The Observer, 25 May 2014 in reply to John Edward, Scottish Council of Independent Schools

UK boarding schools are still harming children today. John Edward from the Scottish Council of Independent Schools (Observer Letters, 18 May) fails to mention the continuing investigations into boarding school child abuse. We are aware of around 150 schools under investigation, for current and past abuses. To claim that children (especially younger ones) have to board out of either need or uninformed choice only compounds the harm. There is no need to institutionalise children in the 21st century.

Boarding Concern