Gordonstoun head apologises to abuse victims, says hearing their stories has ...

Gordonstoun head apologises to abuse victims, says hearing their stories has ...
Gordonstoun head apologises to abuse victims, says hearing their stories has ...

Lisa Kerr, the new principal of Gordonstoun school pictured arriving at The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry in March this year

Lisa Kerr, the new principal of Gordonstoun school pictured arriving at The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry in March this year

Hearing victims' stories of past abuse at Gordonstoun boarding school has been 'deeply painful', its current principal Lisa Kerr has told an inquiry.

Ms Kerr said she apologised unreservedly for those who had been failed by Gordonstoun, saying it had been 'difficult but crucial' to face up to the school's past.

The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry (SCAI) has been hearing evidence from people who experienced abuse by staff and other pupils at the prestigious boarding school in Moray, Scotland.

Ms Kerr gave evidence to Lady Smith's inquiry for a second time on Friday.

Andrew Brown QC, counsel to the inquiry, noted Ms Kerr had been present in the public gallery during the last week of evidence sessions, where former pupils of Gordonstoun had described the abuse and the impact it had on them.

The principal said: 'It has been deeply painful, not just over the last six days, but the last six months of engagement with the inquiry.

'From the first report of non-recent abuse to the school, it has been devastating for people who spend their time working to keep people safe and happy to face up to the behaviour and abuse of the past which is so alien to that culture.'

Ms Kerr is the first ever female principal of Gordonstoun School, in Moray, Scotland, which has been attended by several members of the Royal Family

Ms Kerr is the first ever female principal of Gordonstoun School, in Moray, Scotland, which has been attended by several members of the Royal Family 

She said she acknowledged that Gordonstoun had not always got its response to reports of abuse right, adding, 'it has been difficult but crucial to face up to that history'.

'Every school should do what we are doing,' she continued.

'Really feeling

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