Repton School, former teacher Simon Clague convicted
I am currently acting in three cases against Repton School following abuse by Simon Clague, a former maths teacher and hockey coach at the school.
Clague worked at Repton School in the 1990s and used his position to groom and sexually assault three girls.
Initially Clague pleaded not guilty however, he later admitted the offences and pleaded guilty to eight counts of indecent assault and one count of gross indecency shortly before the criminal trial was due to start. The late guilty plea meant my clients had to prepare for the trial which was understandably distressing for them.
Clague was subsequently sentenced to seven years and eleven months imprisonment and will also be on the sex offenders register for life.
The BBC article states that when sentencing Clague the Judge noted that he had “used and abused” his position as a teacher for sexual gratification. Clague worked as a maths teacher and hockey coach and used his position to target my clients, who were young teenage girls at the time. The abuse has had significant and hugely devasting impact on all areas of my clients’ lives – and continues to do so.
I have experience in dealing with many cases relating to abuse by teachers. In my experience, it is important for survivors to see not just the abuser being held accountable but for the organisation, and in this case, the school to be held accountable for the abuse that took place.
The civil claims are continuing. If you have any information relating to Repton School or have had a similar experience that you would like to discuss, please do not hesitate to contact me.