The Manchester school, whose former director of music Mike Brewer was jailed for sexual offences against an underage student, has been assuring parents that an official investigation will find that the unpleasantness was a thing of the distant past and all is now bright, beautiful and, above all, safe for students.
Leaks to the Manchester Evening News reveal a host of current shortcomings exposed by the joint inspection by the ISI and Manchester City Council, among them:
- The school does not meet national child protection guidelines.
- Some staff do not know what to do when allegations are made.
- Annual reviews into child protection have not been carried out.
Chet’s response: ‘We consider this Review to be extremely important and fully support the principle of inspection and its role in helping us to ensure that we are providing only best practice in safeguarding.’
Manchester police investigations continue into further allegations of abuse by teachers, which Chetham’s describes as ‘historic’.