A Serious Case Review has been launched after the revelations of child abuse were uncovered by Operation Winthorpe at St Paul’s School in Barnes.
St Paul’s is Britain’s most famous private school, with £36,000 a year fees. Ex chancellor George Osborne and TV Veteran John Simpson are former pupils of the school. The inquiry is investigating allegations of child abuse as far back as 60 years.
The Richmond Safeguarding Children Board in South-West London is contacting thousands of former pupils of the school in the search for victims and witnesses. Letters were sent after the Serious Case Review began to try and uncover exactly what abuse the children suffered at St Paul’s from 1960 to the present day. At the present time the only confirmed cases of abuse date from 1974 to 1992 and 2003 to 2005.
Earlier this year Patrick Marshall became the fifth member of staff from the school to be convicted for abuse since 2013. He was jailed for 18 years for sexually abusing pupils.
A spokesman for St Paul’s said: ‘The matters which came to light during Operation Winthorpe were deeply shocking and saddening. They represented serious violations of trust and the values which the school holds dear. The school is fully supportive of the Serious Case Review into inter-agency working, following the formal closure of the police investigation.”
Serious Case Reviews are usually reserved for situations where children have died or been subjected to serious abuse and neglect. It is uncommon for such a wide ranging review to take place of schools.
Deborah Lightfoot, independent chairman of Richmond’s Local Safeguarding Children Board, said: ‘Over the past few years, there have been a number of police investigations and subsequent prosecutions regarding historic abuse allegations at St Paul’s. The Local Safeguarding Children Board has therefore decided to conduct a full Serious Case Review.”
The review will take approximately 12 months and a report will be published at the end.
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