An investigation into sexual assault at one of the UK’s most prestigious private schools has been dropped by police. There were more than 100 allegations of revenge porn, sexual assault and abusive behaviour by pupils of Dulwich College.
The £45,000 a year all-boys boarding school made headlines last year as reports of sex abuse at private schools across the country surfaced. Two allegations of sexual assault by pupils at Dulwich College were reported to the Metropolitan Police. But the Met has now dropped its investigation after an “assessment of the evidence available”, reported The Mail on Sunday.
At the time, headteacher Dr Joseph Spence wrote to parents to tell them that some pupils had been disciplined for ‘minor cases’ or abuse, with others being referred to police.
Dulwich College was one of many private schools named among 50,000 anonymous testimonies on the website Everyone’s Invited – a website that allows young people to speak about instances of abuse at schools. It prompted a review from Ofsted that saw inspectors visit 32 schools and colleges and found that there was a culture in UK schools where sexual harassment was ‘normalised’.
A Met Police spokesperson said: “Police received two separate allegations of non-recent sexual assault on 25 March 2021. Following an assessment of the evidence available, no further action was taken.”
Dulwich College was founded in 1619 by actor Edward Alleyn, and former pupils included Nigel Farage and Ernest Shackleton. It costs £45,234 a year for full boarders, £42,408 for weekly boarders, and £21,672 for day students.
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