Distressing evidence at sex-abuse inquiry into English music schools

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has begun hearings into allegations concerning residential music and special schools.

Yesterday witnesses came forward about abuse they had experienced at Chetham’s, the Manchester music school.

One former pupil described being forced into sex with her tutor at 15.

Another said the music department was run as a separate fiefdom.

John Vallins, head teacher of Chetham’s from 1974 to 1992, said he was unaware of misconduct.

The inquiry heard that seven individuals have been either convicted, were likely to have been convicted if alive, or have admitted to sexual relationships with pupils while Mr Vallins was head teacher.

Summary report here.

You can read the day’s full transcript here.

The focus now turns to Wells Cathedral School, Yehudi Menuhin School and Purcell.


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  • the focus now turns to “Purcell”? What? Henry is also accused of inappropriate behavior? How far back can this metoo movement go? 😉

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