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".

Kajakees Sat 06-Apr-13 20:38:51

I am sorry if suffolkpunch1 has chosen to take my comments in a way other than they were intended. I was at the school until Feb 2011 and dealing with many students on a regular basis. I have not named and never would name any student The pupil on this list made her own comment and I have merely used her "nickname". Please forgive me is I correct you but the school caters for young people with Specific learning difficulties which can include within it umbrella speech and language disorders. Dsylexia is a spectum which other similar condtions overlap I am not defending the case in question, merely offering a balance as someone who was working with students whilst not being an employee of the school.

suffolkpunch1 Sat 06-Apr-13 22:25:30

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Andora Sun 07-Apr-13 09:52:12

There is no doubt this school has seriously failed in its duty of care and needs reform, it is little wonder parents are mortified about events that until now were basically hidden from view. Faults have been exposed, multiple agencies are working on their reform, the head Trustee is now gone. There should be other senior staff changes to make a clean sweep and hopefully serious lessons learnt. The angst seems to stem from people either denying or dismissing the magnitude of the issues at stake here. If there is a communality to the issues it seems to me here is a special School that once had a high and successful reputation in its specialism, for reasons probably of increasing income it widened its intake to accommodate more pupils with a greater diverse range of needs which basically the school was ill equipped to deal with in terms of competence, and its systems. All this is clearly highlighted by Judge Blayne in his Tribunal Report. Parental support for this school is from involved parents who cannot see that there are highly vulnerable children at this school who have suffered. This 'I am all right attitude' is not right and like a lot at this school seriously needs fixing. I entirely sympathise with the parents of those poor victims, it is bad enough to have a Special Needs child without his/her needs being betrayed by a school that is incompetent at best and arrogant at worse.

suffolkpunch1 Sun 07-Apr-13 10:26:30

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Justginny Mon 08-Apr-13 10:42:23

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Andora Mon 08-Apr-13 12:38:46

I am a parent with a child at this school. My only agenda is to know the truth which is currently not fully known and to protect my daughter. My child is special Needs and highly vulnerable, I do not mess with her protection because I have an agenda. I am frustrated, worried senseless,scared,ill-informed. There is more than sufficient evidence to justify such anxiety. Agencies are looking into the competence and ability of systems and management at this school which appear at fault. I knew nothing of the events before january because parents are isolated at a boarding school.I had my grave doubts before but felt alone and struggled to comprehend them in my isolated vantage point. Of course the school is not all bad, but the bad bits appear so bad that enquiries into them are justified, such enquiries are not fuelled by any agenda other than the protection and welfare of vulnerable children some of whom may have really suffered here. My child is leaving by the way as are others. I feel all sorts of emotions and i have cried and cried over these issues, so please do not image that their is a Machiavellian conspiracy here, we just want to know the truth and in it's absence I for one am out of there

Justginny Mon 08-Apr-13 13:52:19

Andora - I am so sorry. I really did not mean to cause any further upset after all you have been through already. There are clearly more questions than answers being provided and your decision to take your daughter out of the school cannot have been easy but i can understand your reasons. we never stop looking at the best way to protect & encourage our children and it is so hard knowing what actually goes on behind the scenes in any school.

suffolkpunch1 Mon 08-Apr-13 14:27:13

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Justginny Mon 08-Apr-13 15:10:39

Suffolkpunch - thanks for your feedback & suggestions. we are looking at alternatives. I also hope that Andora's daughter settles quickly and happily into her new school.

suffolkpunch1 Mon 08-Apr-13 21:46:14

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SarahLundKicksAss Tue 09-Apr-13 21:33:42

... as picked up by Ofsted in their emergency inspection after the tribunal. The previous inspection in June 12 found the leadership & management of the boarding provision to be outstanding, and judged that the school met all minimum standards. Ofsted have come out of this with egg on their faces!

suffolkpunch1 Wed 10-Apr-13 08:52:55

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colettemum3 Thu 11-Apr-13 10:22:12

I wouldn't pick Moor House, pulled my daughter out of their last year. She was getting bullied and not just by the students. She was absolutely miserable there. She was happy for the first term but then it all went down hill.

HelenYoniSchmoniMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 11-Apr-13 16:39:49

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CaptChaos Fri 19-Apr-13 14:31:19

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colettemum3 Fri 19-Apr-13 18:54:43

About time. Still got a few more people to go yet, like a few house parents. What sickens me is that when the tribunal report was made public, he should of had the decency for the sake of the school to quit then or at the latest when the emergency ofsted report was done.
But nope he has to wait until the very last minute, as ofsted are back in next month.
Too little, too late by the looks of things.
I hope your son is ok now CaptChaos.

boyzmum1 Mon 22-Apr-13 13:08:37

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CaptChaos Mon 22-Apr-13 21:05:34

Colettemum3, thank you, he is. He goes to a fantastic school where he is extremely happy.

colettemum3 Mon 22-Apr-13 22:43:00

Wah hoo, the house mum has left!!!

CaptChaos Tue 23-Apr-13 14:09:48

You beat me to it, Colette! Good! I do hope this means that they will be able to save the school, by getting rid of some of the more openly awful staff they can (with luck) hire new people who can radically change the ethos there. It does slightly annoy me that none of the people leaving have owned their responsibility for this mess though!

www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/10371899.Another_staff_member_quits_sex_scandal_school/

fromparistoberlin Wed 24-Apr-13 09:12:21

CaptChaos, jesus! about your son I mean, WTAF!

I am not sure why but this story enraged me, adults mistreating vulnerable children yet pretending to be respectable. fuckers

They will be punished in the end, I hope

Andora Fri 26-Apr-13 07:49:07

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