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Statements by Chetham’s School of Music - Updated 14 February 2013

Thursday, 14 February 2013 19:30 

I have announced to the parents, students and staff of Chetham’s that a part-time tutor has been arrested by the police today.  The police have told me that the allegation made about this individual relates to a historic incident. The tutor has been suspended. The School has already made it clear that we are working with the police to get to the bottom of these serious allegations and it has encouraged, and continues to encourage, those with any relevant information to contact the police.

My team and I are working hard to ensure that students, staff and parents are given all the information and support they need at this time. I am happy to speak to anyone involved in the school with questions or concerns. It is a very challenging time for all of us and we are extremely heartened by all the messages of support we have had.  

It would not be appropriate for me to make any further public statement on the current arrest or broader investigation into historic abuse.

Claire Moreland, Head of Chetham’s School of Music 

 

Wednesday, 13 February 2013 16:30 

The police are now investigating historic allegations of abuse at the school which have been the subject of recent newspaper reports.  We will be assisting the police in whatever way we can. While this investigation is ongoing, we have been advised by the police that we should not comment any further on the allegations or commission a separate inquiry.  We encourage anyone who has any relevant information to contact Greater Manchester Police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

 

Friday, 08 February 2013 15:54

What we have learned during the course of the last four weeks has shocked us to the core.  The passage of time between the offences and now does not lessen this shock.  Mr Brewer has been found to have committed the most appalling acts which took place during his time at the school, and he breached the trust placed in him by the school, its staff and most importantly the students.  On behalf of the current school staff I wish to express my profound and sincere apology and regret.  And most of all I wish to express the sorrow and sympathy we feel for the family of our former student who died under such tragic circumstances and had to endure so much.

Having been the Head of the School for the last 14 years I can say that during my time child welfare has been at the heart of the school. This has been endorsed by the Independent Schools Inspectorate. Furthermore, the child protection measures we have in place are robust and extensive and reflect the huge improvements in child protection across the education sector.
 
It is my job to ensure that Chetham’s continues to nurture and develop our current students, the talented young musicians we are so privileged to teach.  Whilst I am responsible for ensuring that the school has a bright future, I recognise that the repercussions of this case and the hurt Mr Brewer has caused will continue for some time and must never be forgotten.

Claire Moreland, Head of Chetham’s School of Music