Following the great courage of victims and witnesses, two former members of staff at Stubton Hall School were jailed in 2021 for offences including rape and sexual assault.

Stubton Hall School, near Caythorpe, was primarily a boarding school for children with special educational needs. It opened in 1952 as a boys’ school and became a school for both boys and girls in 1982. It was owned and managed by Lincolnshire County Council (LCC) from 1952 to 2003, when it closed.

Former deputy headmaster David Taylor, who was employed at Stubton Hall between 1975 and 1995, has been jailed for 19 years and six months. He has been found guilty of three counts of rape and four counts of indecent assault against five girls. He will remain on the sex offenders register for life.

A former pupil has come forward alleging sexual and physical abuse by Taylor from the age of 10. She reports how he would kiss her, whilst other times show violence towards her. If she was naughty in class, she alleges that he would beat and restrain her, before throwing her into a small cupboard where she had to stay until he decided to release her.

In addition to Taylor, the school’s former head of care, Raymond Longley has also been convicted. He has been found guilty of four counts of indecent assault on a girl and has been jailed for four years. He was employed at Stubton Hall between 1982 and 1997 and was the main overnight carer for children who boarded there.

Heather Sandy, executive director for children’s services at LCC has stated the following:

“LCC expresses deep regret over the abuse suffered by the victims in this case.

We wish to apologise to the victims and are pleased justice has been done through the convictions in the criminal case.”

Stubton Hall School should have been a place of safety and protection for the vulnerable children in its care. Yet, both Taylor and Longley abused their positions of trust as employees of the school.

At Farleys, we understand that the impact of physical and sexual abuse against child victims is most often long-lasting. Pursing a compensation claim can often help in bringing much needed closure, as well as giving victims access to support and counselling.

We are leading specialists in abuse law and act on behalf of a number of clients in high profile cases. If you or a loved one has suffered abuse at the hands of Stubton Hall School or a teacher in another school, please do not hesitate to contact our specialist abuse claims team. We understand that it is often difficult to confront the past, however our team are experienced and dedicated to speak with you in the strictest of confidence. Call our dedicated abuse line on 0330 134 6430 or contact us by email or through the online chat below if you prefer.