Bishop Luffa School in Chichester has announced it will be renaming Bell House.
This follows the news on October 22 that the former Bishop of Chichester George Bell abused a young child in the 1940s and 1950s.
Child abuse in any form is of course abhorrent and contrary to everything Bishop Luffa stands for, and we are shocked and saddened by the news. As a result of this announcement, I consider it no longer appropriate for the school to have Bishop Bell’s name attached to one of its Houses
In a letter to parents on the first day back after half term (November 2), the school announced it would change the name of the house named after the former bishop.
Headteacher Mr Nick Taunt said his school was ‘shocked and saddened’ to hear of the abuse.
Mr Taunt said in his letter to parents: “Many of you will have heard that Bishop Martin recently issued a formal apology following the settlement of a legal civil claim regarding child abuse against the Right Reverend George Bell, who was Bishop of Chichester from 1929-58.
“Child abuse in any form is of course abhorrent and contrary to everything Bishop Luffa stands for, and we are shocked and saddened by the news.
“It is vitally important that public organisations like schools and the church should be open and vigilant to ensure that young people are safe and can thrive in a trustworthy and secure environment.
“As a result of this announcement, I consider it no longer appropriate for the school to have Bishop Bell’s name attached to one of its Houses. “We shall start immediately the process of choosing a new name for Bell House by asking pupils and staff for their views.
“The safety and security of our young people is always our prime responsibility.
“This has been recognized by pupils, parents, and by Ofsted and SIAMS Inspectors alike.
“If any parents have any concerns about this matter, please feel free to contact me.”
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