Ofsted Investigates Colchester Royal Grammar School Over Claims From Former Students That She And Her Friends Were ‘Traumatized’ By ‘Toxic Male Culture’
- Freelance writer Scarlett, now 26, attended Sixth Form at the prestigious school
- She said topics like domestic violence and homophobia were treated like a joke
- Now Ofsted has confirmed it is conducting an unannounced inspection
A top gymnasium is to be investigated by the Ofsted Inspection Commission – over hundreds of allegations of a ‘toxic male culture’ that has left students ‘traumatized’.
The claims against Colchester Royal Grammar School (CRGS) came to light last month, after former student Scarlett Mansfield shared a blog post.
Freelance writer Scarlett, now 26, attended Sixth Form at the prestigious school in Colchester, Essex, aged between 16 and 18.
Last month, she shared a blog post online about her experiences at CRGS – accusing the school of having a ‘toxic male culture’.
She said topics like domestic violence and homophobia were treated like a joke in the predominantly male school – which only accepts girls in the sixth grade.
Scarlett has received hundreds of anonymous comments from other former and current CRGS students – sharing their own stories of sexist abuse and assault, homophobia and racism.
And in light of the allegations, Ofsted has now confirmed that it is conducting an unannounced inspection of the school.
Scarlett Mansfield attending Colchester Royal Grammar School (CRGS) in Essex
Scarlett said the ‘toxic male culture’ had left her ‘really traumatized’
The school watchdog recently published plans to overhaul policies regarding sexual abuse in schools.
An Ofsted spokesman said: ‘We cannot provide further details while the inspection is underway. We will publish our report in due course. ‘
Known as one of the highest in the country for its A-Level results, Colchester Royal Grammar School has been in the Sunday Times Top 10 seven times in the past decade.
But Scarlett has now said that she is happy that people feel “encouraged” to talk about their experiences and start the Ofsted investigation.
She said: “Too often we think of sexual assault or sexism in general as something that only happens to celebrities or something that is tackled in the courtrooms.
But in reality, it happens to people around us all the time, whether we are aware of it or not.
Colchester Royal Grammar School (CRGS) will be examined by the Ofsted watchdog
‘And only now do people feel encouraged to say something, now they have been given a platform.’
John Russell, CRGS headteacher, said: “We continue to make acts of prejudice, discrimination or abuse socially unacceptable.
“We can no longer emphasize victim advocacy and a culture of defiant unacceptable acts so that bystander is seen as an accomplice.”
He said the school is considering options for ‘call-it-out’ online forms where students can report specific incidents.
He added: ‘We recognize some of the barriers that prevent students from reporting incidents.
Developing a culture of reporting discrimination, especially micro-aggressions and acts perceived by some as less severe, is a significant challenge.
“It requires that such acts be truly socially unacceptable and that they distance themselves from the age-old culture of not ‘telling about the bully’ or against those high in the social hierarchy.”