Two private schools in Cambridgeshire were among those named by a national newspaper investigating sex crimes against boarders.
Music teacher from Kimbolton School convicted of having child abuse images and the 2010 trial of a St John’s College prep school teacher over alleged indecent assaults on three boys in the 1970s were listed the Times online.
The newspaper reported today that teachers from 130 mostly-boarding independent schools have been implicated in sex crimes against hundreds of children. Spokeswoman for Kimbolton School in Huntingdon said the listing refers to Mark Jordan, who was at the school for three weeks before he was arrested and later convicted aged 34 in 2006 for making and possessing indecent images of children.
She told the News: “The allegations were all historic and none pertained to his very short time with us. He was suspended immediately and never returned to Kimbolton School.” She added their most recent inspection report in 2011 graded their protection of children from “harm or neglect and helping them stay safe” outstanding. Kevin Jones, the headteacher of St John’s College School in Cambridge, said: “We were made aware of historical allegations from the 1970s made against a former member of staff. he school offered its full support to the police investigation. “The care of children is our first and absolute priority at St John’s and we fully recognise the importance of child protection and safeguarding issues.” He referred to an inspection report last year which described the school’s arrangements for safeguarding pupils as “extremely thorough”.
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