TOP SCHOOLS IN ABUSE INQUIRY; Scotland's Most Prestigious Boarding Schools at Centre of Major Investigation into Allegations of Sex Crimes against Children'; We Want to Find out Why Abuse Was Not Stopped'

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TOP SCHOOLS IN ABUSE INQUIRY; Scotland's Most Prestigious Boarding Schools at Centre of Major Investigation into Allegations of Sex Crimes against Children'; We Want to Find out Why Abuse Was Not Stopped'


Byline: Graham Grant Home Affairs Editor

SOME of Scotland's top private schools are being investigated by a national inquiry into child abuse.

Gordonstoun - Prince Charles's former school - and Fettes College, where Tony Blair was a pupil, feature in the statutory probe.

Others include Merchiston Castle and Loretto, Scotland's oldest boarding school.

They are among more than 60 residential care establishments identified as sites of alleged child abuse or neglect.

Lady Smith, chairman of the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry, yesterday revealed a list of organisations under scrutiny, including the Catholic Church and Barnardo's.

The judge said: 'We are investigating what reports of abuse were made, whether any such reports of abuse were known about in official circles, what was done about them and, if nothing was done, why not? If abuse was known about but covered up, we will not hesitate to say so.'

More than 100 locations where abuse is said to have taken place have been pinpointed by the inquiry, launched by the Scottish Government in October 2015.

Andrew Keir, a retired physics teacher at Gordonstoun in Moray, has appeared in court charged with acting in a lewd and indecent manner towards two 13-year-old pupils in the 1980s.

Gordonstoun said: 'Cases of non-recent abuse must be unimaginably distressing for the victims and their families. The work the inquiry is undertaking will, we hope, draw important lessons from the past and make children safer in the future.' Fettes College in Edinburgh said it 'will assist fully' with the inquiry.

In 2013, James Rainy Brown, 75, a teacher at Merchiston Castle in Edinburgh for 52 years, committed suicide after learning police were investigating claims of 'inappropriate conduct' towards pupils. The claims involved lewd comments, not physical offences.

Gordon Cruden, a former Merchiston Castle teacher, was found guilty in 2015 of three charges of indecent exposure at the school between 1980 and 1985. He was given an absolute discharge and last year was reported to be teaching French at a boarding school in Oxfordshire.

Last night, a Merchiston Castle spokes-man said: 'We will be co-operating with the inquiry to the fullest possible extent.' A spokesman for Loretto School in Musselburgh, East Lothian, said it had a 'zero-tolerance' approach to abuse, adding: 'It is truly heartbreaking to learn that similar standards may not have applied in the past.' The now-closed Keil School in Dumbarton is also being investigated by the inquiry. Morrison's Academy in Crieff, Perthshire, where Trainspotting actor Ewan McGregor was a pupil, features in the inquiry because it was once a boarding school.

Last night, rector Gareth Warren said the school had 'not received any direct complaint, so the team at Morrison's Academy is not aware of the nature of any complaint'.

Lady Smith told a hearing at Parliament House in Edinburgh yesterday the inquiry was 'determined to get to the bottom of any systemic failures that occurred'.

She added: 'We are determined to find out the truth about what happened to children in care, where, how and why. …

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