Boarding school at centre of sex abuse claims to close

The Stanbridge Earls School, which was branded the “Lord of the Flies” school by parents, has been accused of turning a blind eye to years of abuse amongst pupils, and is currently being investigated by police. This is from the Telegraph…

It will cease to exist from December 1, when another school will replace it on the 54 acre grounds in Romsey, Hampshire, parents were informed by letter this morning.

The letter pointed out that the school had for a “considerable time” been facing difficulties which are the “legacy of past events”.

Interim headmistress Maggie McMurray told parents that the school is facing financial difficulties as local authorities have refused to place students there.

The school’s alumni include film director Guy Ritchie, who suffers with dyslexia. He was expelled at the age of 15, although the reasons remain unclear.

The announcement follows a Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal which found earlier this year the school failed to protect a pupil who claimed to have been raped twice, and then discriminated against her by excluding her.

Police are now investigating a number of claims of alleged assaults between pupils, and reviewing allegations that the 15-year-old autistic girl was raped on the grounds.

Hampshire Police is also investigating allegations of perverting the course of justice, and may refer officers involved in the handling of the original claims about the school to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

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