St James Independent School for Boys/SES

St James Independent School for Boys/Girls, SES

This post is to notify anyone with information that there is now an ongoing Metropolitan police investigation into allegations of child abuse by former pupils at St James’ and St Vedast’s schools run by The School of Economic Science.

The investigation broadly concerns allegations during the 1970s and 1980s.

If you have information that may help then please email DC Katy Lee, of the Met’s Child Abuse Investigation Team, on Katy.lee@met.pnn.police.uk

London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Criticisms

In the early 80s the London Evening Standard newspaper ran a critical series of articles focusing on the School’s discipline regime and its links to the School of Economic Science.

In January 2006 an independent inquiry, chaired by James Townend QC and funded by the schools, published its report into mistreatment of pupils between 1975 and 1985 at St James’ and its then sister school St Vedast, which closed in 1985. The findings of the report concluded that ‘mental and physical mistreatment’ of some pupils had occurred, including ‘criminal assaults’ by teachers, during the ten-year period considered by the Inquiry. Mr Townend’s report also found that throughout this period the schools’ management and governors were failing to the extent that they ‘were not in any real sense in charge of the Schools’.

The Townend inquiry was instigated by the schools and the terms of reference were set by the then Governing body. They recognised the need for openness and transparency; many found it helpful, a few felt it limited.

In September 2007 three of the teachers named in the report worked at the schools, although this has changed. Following internal disciplinary hearings two of the three teachers were given a formal warning.

In Mr Townend’s conclusion he stated there has been ‘a real change of ethos and conduct of the schools’ since the period of abuses he identified in his report.

The actress Clara Salaman has published a novel “based on her own experiences growing up at the secretive St James School of The School Of Economic Science”.

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9 responses to “St James Independent School for Boys/SES

  1. Neil Woods

    I am an ex-pupil of the school which is run by the School of Economic Science, a cult.
    I do not know who exactly found the Inquiry “helpful” as many found it to be a whitewash cleverly handled by the Pr man and headmaster, David Boddy following the departure of Nicholas Debenham.
    Debenham was the man who beat us all and watched us in the showers regularly and who is now honoured by a room being named after him and a bronze cast of his head. The Inquiry did find criminal behaviour took place but decided to overlook the fact that he watched us in the showers so regularly it made everyone uncomfortable, to say the least. He had three different canes and an officers hat next to them in his cupboard. After he’d caned you he leered at you in the same self- gratified way as he did in the showers.He was undoubtedly, a pervert.
    There are so many of us that were let down by the Inquiry, which was difficult to take part in (if you knew about it) that the effect of carrying on the pursuit for Justice it is just too much. I myself have made two suicide attempts and have contemplated a third so I started fighting again. I have absolutely nothing to lose. Yes, I am mentally ill which was brought about by the treatment I received and the cruelty instilled on me and what I witnessed and I expect they will just use that as an excuse for my behaviour. No, they don’t care about what happened to us as they covered up the abuse and belittled us before and after the Inquiry.
    I’ve been ‘fighting’ since mid- December and last night in a moment of what felt like hopelessness I nearly gave up again but I will not. I tried to contact the Samaritans but I can’t afford to call so I sent them an email, I hadn’t read that it takes up to 12 hours for them to reply.
    They claim to be a happy place and that they have changed – they do a lot of good. Well, a famous T/V and radio presenter, who is now dead, did a lot of good but he also did an enormous amount of bad.
    My message to current pupils is, remember us when you sit in that room and see Debenhams cast. To the parents, I urge you to do your homework on this School which has caused so much misery to its ex-pupils who were subject in many, many cases to horrific beatings, criminal behaviour and psychological abuse on a scale you would hardly be able to believe – maybe I wouldn’t as my parents didn’t (or didn’t want to) but I know it happened because I was there and I still wake up having nightmares about what they did to me. Take my word for it or do your own research if you must, they are a nasty cult that breaks up families and is the cause of mental illness and suffering.
    Have a nice day.

  2. Alex S

    Neil, I was in your class for a short time. I really hope you eventually find yourself in a better place.

  3. The big difference between you and myself is that I only use one online ID to post comments.

    You’ve had your say. don’t think you can spam this blog using multiple IDs

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  5. Carolyn scott

    Hi there’s not been much in the school recently. We have a school in nZ of which I was once a member. I left after a severe psychotic breakdown on one of their residentials . I still have councilling. Im totally anti thatvestablushment. High brow moralists. Which isn’t how the real world is. Would love to more from ex students. Was very interested in the article declaring the shankara a fraud , was that the same person that is said be enlightening the school? Look forward to replies.

  6. This post is to notify anyone with information that there is now an ongoing Metropolitan police investigation into allegations of child abuse by former pupils at St James’ and St Vedast’s schools run by The School of Economic Science.

    The investigation broadly concerns allegations during the 1970s and 1980s.

    If you have information that may help then please email DC Katy Lee, of the Met’s Child Abuse Investigation Team, on Katy.lee@met.pnn.police.uk

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