We have been contacted by three internal sources who report, with varying degrees of stupefaction and outrage, that Chetham’s School of Music has instructed its internet server to block access on the internal system to this site.
What prompted that? Possibly, some observations we made on Saturday in the Daily Telegraph. We have sought clarification from Chetham’s.
UPDATE: We have just received the following assurance from an executive at Chetham’s: The School has not blocked access to this blog as you allege. If anyone using the School system has had difficulty accessing your blog it may be for other reasons, such as bandwidth, and the School did experience some intermittent problems with its internet access over the weekend. It is certainly not due to deliberate steps the School has taken. Our IT support team has run tests this morning and confirms it has no trouble accessing the blog. We are grateful for that assurance and trust there will be no further diffilcutly accessing the site.
The school has our sympathy and support in these very difficult times. It is in the middle of a firestorm of allegations of sexual abuse. According to the Guardian today, nine past teachers are under police investigation. The school’s reputation is in tatters, and will degenerate still further when former music head Mike Brewer and his ex-wife Hilary are brought back to court for sentencing.
So what’s its next course of action? A word of advice to the head, Claire Moreland: the bunker mentality doesn’t work. What you need to do, ma’am, is open up, not shut down channels of communication. Staff will read Slipped Disc at home. students can read it at Starbucks. Both will continue to send us information. [one sentence redacted]. This is the 21st century and Chetham’s is not Colditz (much as they may look alike on a rainy day).