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St. Paul's Cathedral School is a school associated with St Paul's Cathedralmarker in Londonmarker. Its curriculum focuses on singing and choral music. The school is currently located in New Change. The school currently enrolls approximately 200 students, and its choristers sing evensong in the Cathedral six times a week. Until 1989, the school never enrolled more than 38 students, all choristers and all boarders; the school now has day pupils as well as boarders. Formerly only for boys, in 2002 the school went co-educational.

The Choir School for boy choristers dates from about 1123, when 8 needy children were given a home and education in return for singing in the Cathedral. The choir school and a grammar school coexisted under the wings of the Cathedral for many years, until the grammar school was moved and re-established in 1511 by the humanist John Colet; it became Saint Paul's Schoolmarker. The Cathedral School and the Grammar School are now distinct and separate institutions, although they are sometimes confused.

The original school, which stood in St Paul's Churchyard, was destroyed with the Cathedral in the Great Fire of Londonmarker in 1666. The school was twice rebuilt, first in 1670, and again in Cheapside in 1822.

As the choristers of St. Paul's Cathedral, the choir of the School has performed on a number of important state occasions, including Winston Churchill's funeral and the wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana.

Child-abuse controversy

In December 2007 Stephen Douglas-Hogg, a former Classics and house master of the school, was arrested and charged with the abuse of a number of choristers during the 1980's. Following his attempted suicide during the initial stages of proceedings in October 2008, the 50-year-old Douglas-Hogg changed his plea halfway through the trial and admitted to 13 counts of indecent assault on five boys aged under 14. On 11th May 2009 Douglas-Hogg was sentenced to 4 and a half years imprisonment at Southwark Crown Court.

Det Supt Jeff Davies, who lead the City of London Police team investigating the offences, said: “This was a difficult and sensitive investigation for the officers involved. I hope the conclusion of the case will go some way to helping those who have suffered as a result of the abuse they endured more than 20 years ago.”

Judge Michael Gledhill QC labelled Douglas-Hogg a "paedophile" who used his authority to strike fear into his victims, who were too afraid to report what happened. He said Douglas-Hogg showed no remorse and added: "You should be a broken man; regrettably, I have serious doubts as to whether or not you actually are."

References

  1. Early history
  2. The School and the Cathedral
  3. The Modern School
  4. Rupert Christiansen, "St. Paul's Cathedral School: Ancient and Modern", Daily Telegraph, 28 Dec 2007. Accessed 15 May 2009.


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