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'You will be believed and supported.' Hunstanton school leader invites former pupils to come forward after ex-teacher admits sexually abusing boys

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The head of a Hunstanton school has encouraged former pupils to come forward if they experienced any sexual abuse there.

The move has emerged after Tyrone Murray Castles admitted a series of child sex offences committed while he was working at the town's Glebe House School more than 30 years ago.

Castles, who has pleaded guilty to a total of eight charges, is due to be sentenced at Norwich Crown Court next month.

Glebe House School (50307806)
Glebe House School (50307806)

And school leaders have sought to reassure both past pupils and the families of current students in light of the case.

The school has released a letter sent to parents around the time that details of the charges against Castles became public in June.

In it, headmaster Louis Taylor wrote: "I know that we have a number of Old Aquilians [former pupils] amongst our parent body and I would encourage anyone who has any experience of wrongdoing in this manner to come forward confidentially – you will be believed and supported.

"The sexual abuse of children is abhorrent and against everything that we as a school and community stand for.

"I, as Headmaster, with the support of the Board of Governors and every single member of staff, will continue to do all we can to protect our children now and in the future."

Mr Taylor stressed that the case against Castles was historic and did not involve anyone working at the school now.

He added: "We have been working tirelessly with police and other agencies to see that justice is done in this case and would support any further measures introduced by government or the inspectorate that further safeguard our children.

"Our current safeguarding procedures and vetting systems are in place to ensure that nothing like this could ever happen again, now or in the future.

"We are not complacent, however, and we will continue to review our policies and practices to ensure that we do our job to keep your children safe."

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