The School has refrained from public comment on the abuse crisis. The following letter went out last night to parents. It contains no mention of the nine past teachers at Chethams and RNCM who are under police investigation, nor that the police have appealed again for information from any pupil who may have been abused at these institutions. Nor is there an expression of regret for the death of past pupil, Frances Andrade.
Dear Parents and Carers, As Half Term approaches, I am sure that you will be talking with your sons and daughters about the difficult events of the last few weeks and the ensuing media attention. With that in mind I would like to let you know that we have invited Manchester City Council Children’s Services into the School after Half Term to carry out a collaborative review with us of our Safeguarding Policy and Procedures. We welcome this visit which will take place during the week beginning 4 March. It is an opportunity for the School to demonstrate that we have robust Policies and Procedures in place which are applied routinely and rigorously. We are confident that students are well protected. This has been borne out by inspections carried out by various government bodies in recent years. As you are aware, our procedures are also annually reviewed and approved by the Governing Body and have been regularly and independently reviewed by Ofsted and the Independent Schools Inspectorate. Once the Police investigation into historical allegations has concluded we will of course be instigating an independent review of past events. I thank you for your continuing warm support and your understanding at this difficult time. Please do not hesitate to give me or any member of the pastoral team a call with any concerns, and in the meantime I wish you all a peaceful and happy Half Term break with your families. Yours sincerely, C J Moreland Head
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We are aware of the copyright notice. Parents were not required to sign a confidentiality agreement. The letter ceased to be private once it was circulated and we publish it here in full, in the public interest as an indication of the prevalent atmosphere of unreality.