A Department of Education official has told the Manchester Evening News that the storm-tossed music school must come up with a reform plan by May 10, or face further action. Chetham’s was heavily criticised in two official reports yesterday over its handling of past sex abuse allegations and its present procedures. The school has rejected the reports as ‘superficial’, but consequences are inevitable and the clock is ticking.
The school and some of its students remain in denial, adopting the ostrich position and vilifying the bearers of bad news. Ciaran Jenkins of Channel 4 has reported suggestions the school might be forced to close if it does not show greater awareness of the crisis it faces. The multiple investigation by Manchester Police, meanwhile, continues.