Clifton College has today published the full independent report by Penny Jones into its handling of any allegations regarding former teacher and housemaster Jonathan Thomson-Glover during his time at the school, and has apologised for his actions.
Mr Thomson-Glover was convicted in August 2015 of making, taking and possessing indecent images of children and sentenced to three years and nine months in prison.
Ms Jones, an independent consultant who was formerly Deputy Director, Independent Education and School Governance at the UK Department for Education, was commissioned by the school’s Safeguarding and Welfare Committee (SWC) to undertake an investigation into whether any allegations were made to the College prior to Mr Thomson-Glover’s arrest, how the College responded to those allegations and how the school can strengthen its ability to safeguard and protect its pupils in the future.
The school has held a series of ‘root and branch’ reviews of culture, policies and procedures, including an external review of safeguarding. The SWC was established to implement a number of changes, leading to a positive safeguarding inspection by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) in February 2016. The ISI said that the school had made “excellent progress in establishing first-class procedures and practices and raising the awareness of all staff and pupils to the importance of safeguarding.”
Announcing the publication of the Jones Report in a letter to parents, Head of College Dr Tim Greene and Nick Tolchard, Chair of the SWC, describe the improvements made since Mr Thomson-Glover’s conviction as “transformative” in terms of how the College approaches safeguarding and compliance. They have also apologised for the shortcomings that enabled Mr Thomson-Glover to commit offences during his time at the College:
“We would first and foremost like to say how deeply sorry the College is for the exploitative and criminal behaviour of Mr Thomson-Glover.
“The sense of shock and dismay at the fact that so many of our pupils and their families were affected by what he did has not faded in the year that has passed since his conviction.
“Our total commitment to lifting the quality of safeguarding through the school has meant that we have examined every process from a new viewpoint, determined to make the safeguarding of our pupils a paramount concern.”
The letter details the significant changes that have taken place to ensure the safety of children at the school. Click here to view the letter and report.