Former pupils of independent private schools will find it extremely difficult to come forward and give evidence to the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry (SCAI) because of the “mafia omerta” of the Scottish establishment, it has been claimed.
Edinburgh-based journalist and author Alex Renton, who submitted evidence to the inquiry including information given to him by former pupils of Fettes College in Edinburgh and Gordonstoun, said abused pupils, particularly at boarding schools, still felt bound by a code of “don’t snitch, don’t tell, don’t talk outside the class”.
Freedom of Information figures from Police Scotland obtained by The Scotsman reveal 116 recorded sexual crimes were reported within 29 leading boarding schools in Scotland between 2012 and 2017. A total of 98 people were charged with sexual assault at these establishments during the same period.
The Times reports that Scottish boarding schools face an uncertain future due to higher net worth individuals moving away from the area.
One school has recently tried a failed publicity offensive against its portrayal in the popular TV series The Crown. Prince Charles is reported to have described Gordonstoun as “Colditz in kilts”.
This and other Scottish boarding schools are under investigation by the Scottish Child Abuse inquiry (see our earlier posts).
GORDONSTOUN School has fought back against claims Prince Charles hated his time there, producing old speeches in which he praises the institution.
Prince Charles infamously described the Moray boarding school as “Colditz in kilts” and new Netflix drama The Crown recently showed the young Royal being bullied.
Now the £36,909 school has decided to strike back by digging out a speech and an interview given by the Prince in the 1970s.
The principal of Prince Charles’ former boarding school has called on ex-pupils to come forward if they suffered abuse as children.
Gordonstoun have contacted more than 3000 old students and urged them to speak out if they were ever victims.
Senior staff took the action after allegations of abuse surfaced at the junior school two years ago.
The £33,000-a-year boarding school near Elgin, Moray, was one of several Scottish private schools named by judge Lady Smith, who is heading the national inquiry into historical child abuse.
Prince Charles hated his time at the school so much that he dubbed it “Colditz in kilts”.
A leading private school with links to the royal family has contacted more than 3,000 former pupils asking them to report evidence of abuse they may have suffered during their time there.
Allegations of historical abuse at Gordonstoun junior school emerged two years ago.
Prince Charles is a former pupil at the boarding school, near Lossiemouth in Moray, and disliked his time there so much he described it as being like “Colditz in kilts”.
It is one of a number of independent schools in Scotland named by Lady Smith, the judge who is conducting a national inquiry into historical abuse in the country.
The Times (subscription)
A former teacher at an historic Scottish boarding school has been accused of child sex crimes dating back to the 1980s.
Andrew Keir has appeared in court charged with acting in a lewd, indecent and lustful manner to two 13-year-old pupils at Gordonstoun.
Over a five-month period in the school’s private swimming pool, Keir allegedly removed his swimming trunks in front of children, exposed himself and pulled down the swimming shorts of other youngsters.
The retired physics teacher, now 65, is also accused of showering naked with the children, touching them inappropriately and making sexual remarks.
Aberdeen Press and Journal
Official files on police investigations of child abuse at Gordonstoun, the boarding school in the Scottish Highlands that educated the Queen’s sons and Prince Philip, appear to have gone missing or been destroyed.
The UK boarding school industry claim that from the 1990s, boarding somehow became “modern”. Facilities were upgraded and children became safer. Or did they?
These reports about alleged abuse against young children at Gordonstoun boarding school in Scotland date from the 1990s:
The Guardian and here
The Times (subscription)