Grace Dieu Manor School

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Grace Dieu Manor School
Established 1933
Type independent
Religion Roman Catholic
Headmaster Peter Fisher[1]
Location Grace Dieu

LE67 5UG
Coordinates: 52°45′25″N 1°21′11″W / 52.75708°N 1.35293°W / 52.75708; -1.35293
Local authority Leicestershire
DfE URN 120318
Gender Coeducational
Ages 3–13

Grace Dieu Manor School is an independent Catholic preparatory school at Grace-Dieu, near Thringstone in Leicestershire, England. It was founded in May 1933 by the Rosminians as a prep school for Ratcliffe College, and occupies the 19th-century Grace Dieu Manor, which has about 120 acres (50 hectares) of grounds.[2]

Sexual abuse scandal[edit]

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. [3] The eleven men's claims span a period from 1952 to 1973[4] and involve sadistic physical, sexual and emotional abuse including regular beating.[4]

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."[4]


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  2. ^ Past & Present. Grace Dieu Manor School. Accessed October 2014.
  3. ^ Sources which are cited in support of the documentary Abused:Breaking the Silence are as follows:
  4. ^ a b c "Ex-pupils in legal bid 'after years of abuse'" Leicester Mercury 21 June 2011