Buckenham Hall, Suffolk

Buckenham School is a private boarding school near Stowmarket in Suffolk. Its famous alumni include Benjamin Britten. According to a Telegraph article from 2009, Buckenham School teacher Alan Colling “was jailed for five years for indecent assaulting boys aged between nine and 11”.

It is yet another school in the Stowmarket area where members of staff were sexually abusing children. It has been suggested that some of the abusers at the various institutions were connected.

Social Work Today, 21st May 1992


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  1. Troyhand said:

    Telegraph – 20 Feb 2009
    Two teachers suspended over ‘inappropriate behaviour’ amid welfare concerns

    Two teachers at a preparatory school in Suffolk have been suspended as police and social services investigate claims of “inappropriate behaviour” after concerns were raised about welfare.

    They were removed from Old Buckenham Hall in Brettenham, near Stowmarket, following an Ofsted inspection in January.

    The teachers – a man and a woman – have not been arrested or charged with any offences.

    Headmaster Martin Ives wrote to the parents of all 281 pupils at the £15,900-a-year boarding school to tell them what had happened.

    But he insisted that the safety of their children was “quite secure”.

    He said: “My immediate response has been to suspend the two members of staff affected by the concerns raised pending the outcome of the enquiry.

    “I am sorry that I cannot tell you any more about this until the investigation has been concluded. I want to reassure you that the welfare of your children is quite secure.”

    Ofsted carried out an inspection of welfare provision on January 26 and 27 and “identified some concerns”.

    A spokeswoman said: “We have reported these to the local children’s services department and at this stage it would be inappropriate for us to comment further.”

    Suffolk County Council contacted all the parents at the school warning them that social services may have to speak to their children during the investigation.

    Glynn Smith, area manager for Children and Young People’s Services, said parents who had concerns should contact police.

    A spokeswoman for Suffolk Police added: “Police are carrying out inquiries at a school in West Suffolk following allegations of inappropriate behaviour by staff.”

    The school, which is built on a 75-acre site, was founded in 1862 and offers day and boarding facilities for children aged between three and 13.

    It most famous alumnus is the composer Benjamin Britten, who attended the school in the 1920s.

    On its website, Old Buckenham Hall describes itself as “a supportive, nurturing environment for the children in their care”.

    It continues: “There is also an underlying foundation of firm discipline and a strong emphasis on high standards of manners and good behaviour.

    “Each day begins with an act of Christian worship and the Sunday service is attended by all boarders at the local village church.”

    The Good Schools Guide said it was a “virtually perfect country prep going from strength to strength”.

    In December 1992, teacher Alan Colling was jailed for five years for indecent assaulting boys aged between nine and 11 after luring them to his room with sweets.

    A school spokeswoman said yesterday: “Following a recent Ofsted Welfare Inspection, we are co-operating fully with Suffolk Social Services and Suffolk Constabulary with enquiries.

    “In order to enable a full and fair investigation to proceed we are not able to provide any further information at this time.”

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