Five schools in Huntingdonshire – including one primary school – are on a list compiled by victims of sexual abuse who have spoken of their experiences.
Everyone Invited, who describes themselves as “a movement committed to eradicating the culture of rape”, recently published a list of nearly 3,000 schools across the UK named by the victims who came forward.
The list can be found online and mentions about a tenth of all schools in the country.
In Huntingdonshire, the named schools are:
Godmanchester Community Academy
Hinchingbrooke School, Huntingdon
Longsands Academy, St Neots
St Ivo School, St Ives
Current and former students have stepped forward to anonymously share their experiences – some of which took place in an educational setting, while others have named the schools they or their alleged abuser attended at the time.
School education leaders said all allegations were taken “extremely seriously” and strong sex education policies were in place.
One featured school was the Godmanchester Community Academy which teaches children aged five to 11.
Andrew Goulding, Managing Director of the ACES Academies Trust, which oversees the primary school with the Hinchingbrooke School, said: Disclosures of any kind are taken very seriously by staff in our schools.
“We have strong policies and procedures to deal with all types of issues and appropriate action is taken in accordance with government guidelines.
“Issues of this nature, which fall under the category of safeguarding, are regularly discussed by senior managers and with other supporting agencies.
“Staff training is regular and continuous and the board of directors and local governors monitor such incidents.
“We have created safe environments in our schools, where children are encouraged to seek adult support and talk about their concerns and any incidents that arise in their lives.
“We also recognize that there is no room for complacency.”
The Astrea Academy Trust, which oversees St Ivo’s School and Longsands Academy, said it was “appalled and saddened by the testimonies shared on Everyone Invited”.
A spokesperson said: “The safety and well-being of all students is our number one priority – we are working hard to create a culture of respect in our family of schools, where wrongdoing is exposed and students have confidence that any allegation will be treated with seriousness and sensitivity.
“Our schools have programs in place to address these issues, including, in St Ivo, student voice work to better identify current student issues – with information used to strengthen the program and pastoral work for the year to come.
“Meanwhile, Longsands is reviewing its policy on relationships, sex and health education and holding special assemblies, with student voices as the driving force.
The Hunts Post also contacted Abbey College, in Ramsey, for a comment they declined to make at this point.
The website was put in the spotlight after Sarah Everard’s death in March 2021 and has received more than 16,000 testimonials since its inception in June 2020.
It publishes a full list of schools linked to the abuse allegations, but these are not automatically crossed with the testimonies, providing greater anonymity to those involved.
Surprisingly, the site features testimonials from children as young as nine years old.
There are 2,556 secondary schools and 406 primary schools listed.
Earlier this year, ministers said anyone making allegations would benefit from support and protection.
A government spokesperson said: “We are very concerned about the large number of allegations recently posted on the Everyone is Invited website.
“The abuse of children and young people in all its forms is abhorrent. ”
Following the publication of these testimonies by the site, Ofsted revealed a report in which they told principals to assume that sexual abuse was occurring in their schools.
The regulator found that nine in ten girls had received explicit videos or photos or had been called sexist names.
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