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Former teacher at Blackburn's QEGS in historic sex allegations probe
A PROBE has been launched into historic sex abuse allegations involving a retired teacher at Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School, Blackburn.
Two claims of sexual abuse have been made against him.
The alleged offences are said to have taken place in early 1970s away from the private school on residential excursions.
Two former pupils, who are now in their 50s, came forward to police with claims of sexual abuse which occurred during two separate school excursions.
A man in his seventies from Sabden has been arrested on suspicion of indecent assault on a boy under the age of 16, and questioned about another incident.
The retired teacher has been further questioned into relation to a second indecent assault allegation against a boy aged under 16 at a another school excursion in the early 1970s. The school has said it will offer whatever assistance it could while inquiries are ongoing.
One of the alleged victims who contacted the Lancashire Telegraph said he was hoping for a thorough probe into the issue.
He said: “This is something I have wanted to do for a long time in the hope I would be taken seriously. When the Savile allegations were taken seriously it did make me think, ‘OK, I am going to do something’.
QEGS spokesman Paul Oliver said: “We are helping police with these historic allegations from over 40 years ago. They have requested information from us and we will supply to them whatever details and help they ask for.
“While it is an ongoing investigation, we cannot comment further.”
A police spokeswoman said: “A 75-year-old man from Sabden was arrested on suspicion of an indecent assault on a boy under the age of 16 “He was further questioned in relation to a second indecent assault allegation against another boy aged under 16. The man has been released on police bail pending further enquires.”
The school, which becomes a state-funded Free School from September, has been a private school since it was founded in 1509. The school survived the Reformation and in 1567 was granted a Royal Charter by Queen Elizabeth I to become a grammar school.
It became a direct grant school in 1956, allowing people of all backgrounds to attend without having to pay fees but reverted back to its independent status in 1976 when the direct grant system, which meant the government part-funded some fees, was abolished.
In recent years fees have been more than £10,000 a year.