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 Charity Commission appoints interim manager
The Charity Commission, the regulator of charities in England and Wales, has announced that it has appointed an interim manager to Ampleforth Abbey and the
St Laurence Education Trust as
a result of continued concerns about the extent to which current safeguarding risks to pupils at the schools run by the charities are being adequately managed.
The Commission opened a statutory inquiry into both charities in November 2016 to investigate the charities’ trustees’ approach to safeguarding and their handling
of allegations of abuse. The Commission is not satisfied that
the charities’ current safeguarding policies, procedures and practices are adequate and working properly. This includes concerns about
the charities’ compliance with established safeguarding procedures.
It has therefore made an order under Section 76 (3)(g) of the Charities Act 2011 to appoint Emma Moody of Womble Bond Dickinson as interim manager of both charities.
She will have all the powers
and duties of a trustee, to the exclusion of the trustees, in respect of a number of safeguarding related matters.
Emma is a specialist in charity law and education, working with a number of independent schools and religious organisations across the country and she leads a team of people who are experts in safeguarding.
Emma and her team are in place to support and guide the trustees and to provide strategic leadership on matters relating to safeguarding, ensuring the charities have the proper framework they require to deliver their missions safely and appropriately.
Ampleforth commissioned an independent report by Professor Sue Proctor last year to look at areas including its future safeguarding reporting structure. Its senior teams have been working towards these recommendations which have also been shared with Ms Moody and her team.
South African adventure
Pupils from Lewes Old Grammar School (LOGS), Sussex, jetted off to South Africa last month (March) as part of their annual exchange scheme.
32 students in Years 11 to 13 were specially chosen for the trip to Ballito, South Africa in recognition of their continued contributions to school life.
Throughout the week, they had
the opportunity to interact with South African students from Ashton International College, kicking events off with a series of Football and Hockey matches.
After several fiercely contended games, LOGS pupils took home the 2018 Ashton Cup before taking part in a ‘Culture Show’ at the end of the week, where they performed
songs, dances and drama sketches alongside their South African counterparts.
The adventure also featured
visits to several of the country’s most significant cultural and geographical landmarks. Pupils toured the Karkloof Canopy to take in the brilliant vistas and see a 20 metre waterfall up close, and also retraced Nelson Mandela’s footsteps at the site of his capture.
Robert Blewitt, headmaster, said: “This is the fourth trip LOGS has organised to South Africa. The friends made and the experiences shared will last a lifetime. We very much look forward to reciprocating the amazing welcome we receive in Ballito when we host students and staff from Ashton next year”.
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