Rachel Thain looks at the ongoing investigation into sex abuse at Ampleforth College.
Last year I was approached by a journalist from the Yorkshire Post newspaper regarding sex abuse at Ampleforth College. His article addressed the announcement by the Charity Commission of an investigation into the prestigious fee paying school’s handling of abuse claims. At the same time, there were yet more allegations of sexual abuse at the school being investigated by North Yorkshire Police.
Ampleforth College is once again the subject of negative press as scrutiny from the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse leads to some concerning revelations. Former head teacher of Ampleforth College, Father Leo Chamberlain, taught at the school from 1961 until 2003. During his tenure as head teacher, it has been revealed that a number of Benedictine Monks sexually abused pupils of the school. Furthermore, the way in which these allegations were dealt with appears to have put the interests of the school over those of the children involved.
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