Former pupils of St Paul’s Girls School in London have made allegations of sexual abuse dating back to the 1970’s to 1990’s.
St Paul’s Girls School asked former pupils to contribute to a drama project to take to the Edinburgh fringe festival next year about sexual harassment in the workplace. The project was inspired by the “Me too” Campaign.
The school’s director of drama, Isabel Foley contacted ex pupils by email, “We are looking to interview women and men from all sectors and age groups to gain a greater insight into what seems to be commonplace sexual harassment in the workplace by men in a position of power, be it low level ‘banter’ or more extreme cases of physical abuse.”
In response to the email, two women have made claims of sexual abuse they suffered whilst at the school and others notified the school about the alleged abuse that they were told happened to their friends. To date the alleged perpetrator(s) have not been named.
Sarah Fletcher, the high headmistress of the school has urged former pupils who suffered abuse to come forward, “There can never be any excuse for an adult, particularly one in a position of trust, to abuse that position and to take advantage of a pupil to commit what is a terrible crime.”
The school now has clear safeguarding policies between staff and students in place, but in light of these allegations she has requested an independent safeguarding inspection by the local authority.
Former pupils of the school include broadcast journalist Sophie Raworth, actor, Rachel Weisz, novelist and playwright Dodie Smith and scientist Rosalind Franklin.
We would urge anyone affected to report their allegations to the Police.
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