Lundsbergs boarding school
|Motto||Mens sana in corpore sano|
|Headmaster||Ann Kabo (interim)|
Lundsbergs boarding school is a Swedish boarding school located in the village of Storfors north of Kristinehamn in Värmland, Sweden. Lundsberg was founded in 1896 with inspirations from classical English boarding schools, and has approximately 200 students today. The school is run by the Lundsbergs school Foundation, Stiftelsen Lundsbergs skola and is well known for its conservative atmosphere.
The school is one of the three elite boarding schools in Sweden. Annual tuition is about £20,000. The cost is subsidized by the state but augmented by parents. The school consists of six dormitories, of which three are boys' dormitories (Forest Hill, Björke and Gransäter), two are girls' dormitories (Herrgården and Klätten), and one is a mixed dormitory (Skogshult).
The school was closed on 28 August 2013 by the Swedish School Inspectorate due problems concerning abuse and bullying. However, on 6 September 2013, the Administrative court in Stockholm County decided that the school would be re-opened on 9 September 2013.
On 28 August 2013, the Swedish School Inspectorate, Skolinspektionen, closed the school after recurring problems concerning abuse and bullying. The closure applies for at least six months. In the evening of 28 August 2013, the boarding school announced that headmaster Staffan Hörnberg had been dismissed and that the governing board has offered their resignations. The specific allegations were of older boys burning younger boys with hot irons during an initiation ritual. When one was taken to a hospital for treatment police were informed and the schools inspectorate notified. The schools inspectorate's recommendation to discontinue continued funding of the school by the government was reported to be under review. The schools inspectorate completed a lengthy investigation of bullying at the school in April 2013, but, after threatening a fine of half a million dollars, a decision was made to continue to allow the school to operate based on its apparent success in overcoming bullying. The decision to close the school was due to the threat of imminent danger to students. Students were required to leave, but special arrangements had to be made for the 17 students whose parents were out of the country.
Public allegations of bullying emerged in 2011 with a spate of anonymous calls to media and to the schools inspectorate. An investigation by The Guardian revealed evidence of a long standing pattern of bullying. Petter Sandgren, a researcher at the European University Institute in Florence advanced a theory that the children of new entrants to Sweden's elite, nouveau riches, had broken ranks with the old boy network which had previously suppressed reports of abuse. According to an elderly lady who had worked in the kitchens in the school in the 1950s:
It's like time has stood still since I worked there – there is exactly the same spirit now as it was then, the school still lets the older pupils harass the younger ones and be cruel to them.
On September 6 Lundsberg was opened again.
Famous Alumni include:
- Prince Bertil
- Prince Gustaf Adolf
- Prince Carl Philip
- Boris Hagelin
- Ian Wachtmeister
- Sigvard Bernadotte (designed the church window at the school)
- Carl Johan Bernadotte
- Sven Lindberg, actor
- Johan Rabeus, actor
- "Organization". Website. Lundsbergs skola. Retrieved August 29, 2013. "Lundsbergs skola drivs och ägs av Stiftelsen Lundsbergs skola."
- David Crouch (August 29, 2013). "Swedish boarding school shut down after bullying claims: Inspectors announce immediate closure of elite Lundsberg school, likened by one pupil to Lord of the Flies". The Guardian (Gothenburg). Retrieved August 29, 2013.
- Skolinspektionen stänger Lundsberg (Göteborgs-Posten)
- "Swedish Eton shut down ove bullying rituals". Sky News. Retrieved August 29, 2013.
- Lundsberg board school to restart studies
- Head Master Staffan Törnberg is dismissed