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IICSA Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

Cambridge House, Knowl View and Rochdale Investigation Report

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate report

39. There had also been external scrutiny of Knowl View School in October 1991, when Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education (HMI) inspected the school. The focus of this report was largely on the provision of education rather than on the experience of children outside the classroom.[10] A number of points are of note. First, HMI regarded the care side of the school to have been generously staffed. Second, the HMI team was amazed at the levels of absenteeism and that this was tolerated. Third, the curriculum was found to be inadequate. Fourth, there was a seven-year-old in the school with no immediate peer group (the next youngest boy was 9½ years old), which was unacceptable. Fifth, efforts were needed to overcome the “a mistrust and inertia evident among the staff”. Sixth, there were children at school who had been abused or were abusers.

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