Three former members of staff at an exclusive British boarding school have been arrested on suspicion of historical sex abuse carried out against pupils.
The trio, all men in their sixties, are said to have carried out the depraved acts at Christ’s Hospital in Horsham, West Sussex.
One of the offences is said to have been the rape of a teenage girl.
As many as nine pupils are reported to have suffered at their hands at the expensive school during the eighties and nineties.
Currently, Christ’s Hospital costs £31,500 per year for boarders and counts several former prestigious pupils among its alumni. Sir Barnes Wallis, the inventor of the bouncing bomb attended the school, as did the renowned poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
Sussex Police officers have confirmed they have arrested a 66-year-old man from North Yorkshire in connection with the rape of a girl aged between 16 and 18 in 1992 to 1994. He is also facing allegations that he sexually abused another girl, aged 17, in 1994.
Meanwhile, a 65-year-old man has been arrested in Shropshire over allegations he carried out an indecent assault on an 18-year-old girl in 1994. He is also said to have assaulted an 18-year-old boy in 1990. A further allegation against him is he indecently assaulted a boy, who was 15 or 16 at the time, in 1988 or 1989.
The third man arrested is a 62-year-old from London who is accused of indecently assaulting four girls aged 14 to 17 between 1985 and 1993.
All men are set to appear back before police in December.
The prestigious school can trace its roots back to the 16th century. Also called the Bluecoat school, its pupils are instantly recognisable for their uniform of a Tudor-style long blue coat and knee length yellow socks.
A spokesperson for the school says it always takes both its moral and legal obligation to safeguard pupils very seriously.
The statement said: “The school is aware that arrests have been made in relation to some non-recent allegations and is co-operating fully with police investigations.”
On its website the school says its mission is to: “Offer to boys and girls of suitable age an education of such breadth and excellence as will fit them pre-eminently for work and service in society in their generation; and in particular to enable them to compete confidently with their peers for opportunities in further education and careers.”

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