Sex in public schools raises an uproar as THREE governors quit over handling of a former student’s allegation

Public school is rocked by a storm of sexual allegations as THREE governors quit over dealing with a former student’s allegation

  • Former police chief and barrister Kathryn Stone has left Repton School in Derbyshire
  • It comes after the school refused to fire a teacher despite claims from an ex-pupil
  • Former Nottinghamshire Police Chief Sue Fish also resigned over the decision
  • She said the school’s protection of students “is now in jeopardy and lacks credibility”.
  • But the school said its handling of the matter was supported by two independent experts

Three governors at a leading public school have resigned over how they handled an allegation of sexual misconduct, the Daily Mail is able to reveal.

Parliamentary Standards Commissioner Kathryn Stone, a former police chief and leading criminal justice advocate, resigned after Repton School refused to fire a teacher, despite claims from a former student.

The Derbyshire school, where boarders pay more than £40,000 a year and whose alumni include Roald Dahl and Jeremy Clarkson, said its handling of the matter was underpinned by two independent expert reviews.

But a letter from Sue Fish, the former Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire, to the leader of governors, Mark Shires, said she had no choice but to resign due to the teacher’s continued employment.

The document, seen by the Mail, says the decision means the school’s “past, present and future protection of students is now at risk and lacks credibility”.

Repton has consistently denied this, which follows a separate case in which a former teacher was jailed in March for seven years and 11 months for abusing students at the school in the 1990s.

Three governors have resigned after Repton School (pictured) refused to sack a teacher

Three governors have resigned after Repton School (pictured) refused to sack a teacher

Simon Clague, 55, admitted to charges of indecent assault. He was intimate with three teenage girls, Derby Crown Court heard.

Repton said he was “deeply sorry” that he failed to protect his victims, adding that any former students who wish to contact the facility “will be taken extremely seriously”.

This led one to claim that a teacher still there was having sexual activity with two friends at about the same time.

It is understood that the former student did not name these friends, did not agree to speak to the police officially, and the school received no further evidence.

Ms Fish claims the teacher’s files revealed “a horrific catalogue” of alleged past wrongdoing. It is understood Repton felt the allegations she was referring to were unfounded rumors that had been fully investigated.

The school is also believed to have considered any risk to students and legal advice suggesting that dismissal would be unlawful.

The third Governor to resign was Tim Hannam QC. He and Ms Stone did not respond to requests for comment and Ms Fish declined to comment further.

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