Grace Dieu Manor School
|Type||Other Independent School|
Grace Dieu Manor School is a preparatory school for pupils aged 3 to 13 set among 120 acres (0.49 km2) of countryside. Opened in May 1933 by the Rosminians, it is a privately run Catholic school which welcomes children from all denominations and faiths. It acts as a prep school for Ratcliffe College. It occupies the 19th century Grace Dieu Manor house.
The current headmaster is Charles Foulds and the deputy head is Anthony Borrington.
In late 2008, the school began building new buildings for the pre-preparatory department. In 2009 the new Gentili Centre was opened by the Right Reverend John Arnold, an old boy of Grace Dieu. The building complements the historical manor house and is purpose built to house the 3 to 7 year old children.
Sexual abuse scandal
Victims of sexual abuse by former staff at the school are suing the Rosminian order, the owners of the school. The abuse was catalogued in the 2011 BBC documentary Abused: Breaking the Silence. The eleven men's claims span a period from 1952 to 1973. The current principal, Charles Foulds, has said that the incidents "have no relevance to the school of today" but also that "everyone here is very distressed that any child suffered in this place over half a century ago."
- "Rosminians sued for abuse". The Tablet. 17 June 2011.
- "Abused: Breaking the Silence". BBC. 20 June 2011.
- Crace, John (21 June 2011). "TV review: Abused: Breaking the Silence". London: The Guardian.
- "Fr Kit Cunningham's paedophile past: heads should roll after the Rosminian order's disgraceful cover-up". London: The Telegraph. 21 June 2011.
- "Why didn’t the Rosminian order tell us the truth about Fr Kit?". Catholic Herald. 20 June 2011.
- "Devastation and disbelief when abuse case hits close to home". The Irish Independent. 20 June 2011.
- "Ex-pupils in legal bid 'after years of abuse'" Leicester Mercury 21 June 2011
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