Stanbridge Earls School tries to exclude girl after allegations of rape.

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Narked Mon 21-Jan-13 22:38:31

Here.

It describes itself as 'a small, independent, day and boarding school for girls and boys aged 10 to 19 with Specific Learning Difficulties including Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Dyscalculia.'

The tribunal said it had cause for "grave concerns" about safeguarding at the school.

The First-tier Tribunal Special Educational Needs and Disability found the school failed to protect a vulnerable disabled pupil who was a victim of grooming and sexual abuse by male pupils at the school.

The tribunal said head teacher Peter Trythall's conduct "borders on contempt for statutory duties".

McBalls Thu 24-Jan-13 21:25:36

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Seabright Thu 24-Jan-13 21:30:29

OK, insinuating nothing is good. And yes, the whole scenario is sad, very sad - for the girl who wasn't believed and who the school attempted to expel.

Personally, I am not reading the non-SE Defender's posts as aggressive and paranoid. Angry and frustrated yes, but not aggressive. And sometimes righteous, focused anger can lead to a problem being highlighted & never happening again, which is a solution of sorts.

colettemum3 Thu 24-Jan-13 22:04:06

Any thing new since this ?
www.dailyecho.co.uk/archive/2013/01/23/Salisbury+News+%28salisbury_news%29/10178839.Damning_report_into_failures_of_Stanbridge_Earls_School/

Is it just me or did the last paragraph "A statement issued by Stanbridge Earls said: “This was an unusual and complicated case, which was the first of its kind ever experienced here and is not representative of the way the school normally meets the needs of its pupils. “In the wake of the tribunal’s findings, our chief concern is to apologise to the girl concerned.”

Leave a ugly taste in the mouth? As they are only apologizing as the tribunal court have ordered them to.

Seabright Thu 24-Jan-13 22:34:18

In these situations apologies are rarely made in advance, as an apologies can usually be seen as an admission of guilt. And an admission of guilt means accepting liability, and accepting liability usually means paying damages.

Narked Thu 24-Jan-13 23:09:24

You seem to think people are responding to allegations in the press. They're not. They responding to an independent tribunal which has looked at the school's handling of this situation.

Countrygirl22 Mon 28-Jan-13 13:11:20

I think the title to this thread is slightly misleading. It suggests that the school 'tried' to expel the girl. They didn't try to - they DID exclude her- as Tribunal Findings indicate.

Oldscho Mon 18-Feb-13 00:38:53

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Oldscho Mon 18-Feb-13 00:40:05

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Narked Mon 18-Feb-13 00:50:50

The title was changed by MNHQ. They have to cover themselves legally.

Sweetdelight Thu 21-Feb-13 19:44:20

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fromparistoberlin Sun 24-Mar-13 22:25:27

www.senlegal.co.uk/pdf/13.01.16.Press%20Release.pdf

this link as actually scary around how shittily they all failed the child

shame on the defenders

suffolkpunch1 Mon 25-Mar-13 18:04:05

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SarahLundKicksAss Mon 25-Mar-13 19:46:12

I think the Sunday Times article highlighted failures in the management of the school rather than pointing the finger at pupils. The sendist tribunal findings also highlighted shortcomings in the way in which students were safeguarded.

It is a sad and shocking story; I hope all the young people involved can move on with their lives.

suffolkpunch1 Tue 26-Mar-13 09:48:09

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auntie432 Tue 02-Apr-13 14:41:11

A pupil committed suicide at this school in 2004: http://m.salisburyjournal.co.uk/search/5570468.PUPIL_S_TEARS_BEFORE_HANGING/
Many Local Authorities have never been particularly keen on using the school for this and other reasons, such as teaching methods, progress etc and this is why many pupils have only got there on the back of an SEN Tribunal, some ironically where parents have been supported by SEN 'specialist' lawyers. This very sad case is a reminder that 'independent' doesn't necessarily mean 'better' when it comes to education for pupils with SEN

SarahLundKicksAss Tue 02-Apr-13 14:45:47

But many, many non maintained and independent schools offer a fantastic education for pupils with SEN - they often take on pupils who have been making no progress in mainstream for some time, and the value added can be impressive.

Not a Stanbridge defender, but I would hate to see the whole sector tarnished with the same brush.

auntie432 Tue 02-Apr-13 20:30:52

Exactly. I did say 'doesn't necessarily'. But there is a certain mindset that seems intent on rubbishing LA special schools as a matter of course and encouraging parents towards the private sector as if that automatically means 'better'. It's not always the case sadly. I'm aware of at least two other independent special schools that have recently (within the last month) been subject to child protection investigations and two others that have been placed in special measures in the last couple of years, just in the south of England. People need to do their research very carefully when choosing schools and look beyond the pound signs.

Kajakees Sat 06-Apr-13 10:38:47

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