Prestigious Catholic school Ampleforth College has been ordered by the government to stop admitting new students.
The private boarding school became a subject of controversy in recent years after a report published by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse (IICSA) in 2018 revealed shocking evidence of child sex abuse, spanning several decades.
Further inspections by the Department for Education raised some serious concerns about the school failing to meet safeguarding standards. While the school still has time to challenge the restriction for pupil admissions, the future of Ampleforth doesn’t look too promising.
If you’ve been affected by the abuse that took place at Ampleforth College, even if it happened a long time ago, our Abuse Claims Solicitors are here to support and advise you. As well as being able to connect you to a network of support groups, we can offer advice to see if you’ve got grounds for a compensation claim.
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What Did the Report Find?
According to the IICSA, it is “difficult to describe the appalling sexual abuse inflicted over decades on children aged as young as seven at Ampleforth School,” and around ten individuals, including monks, were convicted or cautioned in relation to sexual offences at Ampleforth School and Downside School.
Victims at Ampleforth reported many horrific acts of abuse, including beatings and sexual assault. An abuser was found to have abused 11 children aged between 8 and 12 both in private and in front of other pupils. The IICSA said that the “perpetrators did not hide their sexual interests from the children,” in a “culture of acceptance of abusive behaviour.”
They also noted that “the true scale of the abuse however is likely to be considerably higher,” so we urge anyone who hasn’t already spoken out or reported their abuse to the police to do so.
Support from an Abuse Solicitor
Our Abuse Claims Solicitors have helped victims of child abuse get justice and rebuild their lives after they’ve suffered at the hands of an abuser. Even if the abuse took place a long time ago, we know that the effects can last a lifetime. It’s never too late to get the support and justice you deserve.
We encourage anyone who’s been affected during their time at Ampleforth College to get in touch. If you want to report the abuse or make a claim for compensation, we can offer advice.
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