Stars shun boarding for young children

The ancient practice of sending seven-year-olds to live away from home is dying out, and not only because of the high fees

Children under 16 should not be sent to boarding school, according to the broadcaster and historian Bettany Hughes, whose own daughters are being educated at a day school.

She said that her husband, Adrian Evans, and his brothers had boarded from the age of seven, which she described as “too young”. Her husband had enjoyed it but his brothers had not.

Emphasising that she was speaking in a personal capacity Hughes, 50, a mother of two, said: “I would not do it. I did not go through that system. We have not sent our own children to boarding school.”

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Just how many paedophiles are working in UK boarding schools?

The Rurik Jutting case has highlighted the extent of unsuitable people working in UK boarding schools:

The Daily Mail and The Telegraph (not newspapers noted for their anti-boarding stance) both report details of Jutting’s schooldays

The Daily Mail:

EXCLUSIVE – Revealed, how sex offender who taught ‘psycho banker’ accused of murdering two prostitutes was teacher at top prep school where David Cameron AND Prince Edward were pupils

Andrew Sadler taught at Heatherdown school with Prince Edward and PM
Prince Andrew also attended the exclusive boarding school near Ascot
Sadler later taught at £6k-a-term Abberley Hall when Rurik Jutting was there
Sadler was also member of the notorious Paedophile Information Exchange
He was later jailed in 2000 for four years in Romania for sex assaults on two boys

A convicted paedophile who was caught in bed with two child prostitutes in Romania taught at schools attended by David Cameron, Prince Edward – and ‘psycho’ banker Rurik Jutting.

In an astonishing coincidence, MailOnline can reveal that Andrew Sadler, who was jailed after abusing two 15-year-old boys, was a teacher at prestigious boarding schools where the prime minister, princes Andrew and Edward, and the trader accused of murdering two sex workers in Hong Kong were all pupils.

Sadler was also a member of the notorious Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) – a vile web of perverts…

The Telegraph:

Rurik Jutting: From quiet Surrey schoolboy to sadistic sex monster of Hong Kong

Jutting had excelled at his Worcestershire boarding prep school, Abberley Hall, and after winning a scholarship to the prestigious Winchester College, his mother was delighted.

Jutting was a “quiet boy” during his childhood years in Chertsey – “certainly not one of the loud kids”, a former classmate said.

But his years at Winchester were not happy. He claims to have been abused at the historic school, where he was forced to perform oral sex on a boy.

Cold Feet’s Robert Bathurst blames his ‘wary’ personality on boarding school bullying

Cold Feet star Robert Bathurst has blamed being bullied at boarding school for him becoming a “wary” and “very private” person.

The English actor was sent to a boarding school run by Benedictine monks at eight, and says he was bullied by staff and older pupils.

He told the Radio Times that when he was filming Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie in Ireland, he hired a car to revisit the school – but was “hyperventilating” as he went up the drive.

Robert said: “Your letters were read and if you said anything against the school, you were beaten.

“It has forced me to be very private.

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Boarding school teacher found guilty of sexually abusing pupils

A man who sexually abused pupils in his care at a Suffolk boarding school has today, Monday 11 July, been found guilty of 27 offences.

Gerard Singer, aged 69, has been convicted at Ipswich Crown Court of 27 charges relating to eight victims. The sexual abuse offences took place at the now defunct St George’s School located initially at Wicklewood, Norfolk and then in Great Finborough, Suffolk, between 1979-1981 when Singer was working there as a language teacher.

The eight victims were all boys aged between 9 and 13 years of age at the time the offences were committed. The offences included 16 counts of indecent assault, two count of gross indecency with a boy under 14, three counts of buggery, five counts of incitement to commit gross indecency and one count of assault with intent to commit buggery.

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East Anglian Daily Times

Prince William reveals he is looking for schools for Prince George

He may only be two-years-old but that hasn’t stopped Prince George’s parents from stepping up their search to find him a place at prep school.

Today the Duke of Cambridge revealed he is already looking at schools for his children, saying: “They’re both doing very well at the moment – noisy but lovely – just trying to sort out schools now, it’s going very well.”

Prince George currently attends a Montessori nursery close to the couple’s Norfolk mansion, Anmer Hall.

The Daily Telegraph

Former boarding school headmaster admits assaults on boys

A former headmaster has escaped an immediate jail sentence after he admitted sexually assaulting pupils in his care at an independent boarding school in the 1980s.

John Mash, 79, of Cobham Grange, Surrey was arrested in June 2014 after allegations of sexual assault were made against him by four former pupils.

The victims told police Mash would enter their dormitories at night and sexually assault boys boarding at the school, St Martin’s School in Northwood, Greater London.

Mash appeared at Isleworth Crown Court on Monday, February 15, where he pleaded guilty to seven counts of indecent assault on four boys under the age of 14.

He was sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court, on Friday, 1 April to two years imprisonment suspended for two years and a two-year supervision order for three of the counts.

He was also sentenced to one year’s imprisonment; suspended for two years, for three other counts, to run concurrently.

Mash will also be placed on the Sex Offender’s Register for 10 years and ordered to pay costs of £1,350.

Detective Constable Emma MacDonald, of the Met’s Sexual Offences Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said: “Throughout this case I have been hugely impressed with the courage of the victims who have relived traumatic incidents from their childhood committed by a man entrusted to keep them safe.

“I urge all survivors of sexual abuse, no matter how historic, to come forward and speak with police.”

Two counts of indecent assault against Mash were left to lie on file.

Anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse should call the Metropolitan Police Service’s Sexual Offences, Child Abuse and Exploitation Command by dialling 101.

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