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The Diocese of Chichester – Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) – Professor Alexis Jay – County Hall Chichester



”The Inquiry will consider the extent to which any failings identi­fied in relation to the diocese of Chichester and Peter Ball are repres­entative of wider failings within the Church of England and/or the An­­glican Church in general, and the nature and extent of any failings of institutions to protect children from abuse”

~ Professor Alexis Jay


“Chichester Cathedral’s shameful reputation for poor protection of children from abusing senior clergy and lay cathedral servants was acquired long after Bishop Bell’s death. This clumsy attempt to sweep the recent past under the carpet, by implicating Bishop Bell, suggests that all is still not right.

“But the great majority of people are not fooled, and the Diocese continues
to look foolish, much to the regret of many of its congregations, who find
it started the stone-throwing.

“One cannot but reflect upon the relative commitment to honesty and
balanced objectivity by Bishop Bell and his successors. The comparison is
uncomfortable to say the least”

~ Former Chairman of West Sussex County Council at County Hall Chichester

In 2004, County Hall Chichester closed down St. Cuthmans Special School in Stedham – “Wispers” – a mixed-sex boarding school with 54 children (aged between 7 and 16) still on the roster with Special Needs. Why? And where are those children now?

Wispers 2008 Panoramic

St. Cuthmans – “Wispers”


St Cuthman’s School – “Wispers” – Stedham – West Sussex Council – Chichester

St Cuthman’s School was established at Wispers in 1956 or 1957,[6] when the Wispers estate was bought by West Sussex County Council who ran a mixed-sex boarding school there for children aged from 7 to 16 with special needs.[5][7] During its life it was known both as St Cuthman’s Special School (i.e. in 1968 it is referred to by this name in official documents)[6] and as St Cuthman’s School. It closed on 31 August 2004, with 54 pupils on the roster.[8]

After closure, the house was sold by the Council and a planning application lodged to convert the main house into 7 flats with other buildings on the estate being either converted or demolished.[5] The 35 acre estate was for sale under the name of St Cuthmans, and comprised Wispers, a pair of traditional cottages, a former coach house, a farm house, a stone and brick barn and a pair of 1970s cottages.[9]

  1. Nairn, Ian and Pevsner, Nikolaus, 1965, Sussex in The Buildings of England series, Penguin Books, 381
  2. Jump up^ Nairn, Ian and Pevsner, Nikolaus, 1965, Sussex in The Buildings of England series, Penguin Books, 40, 381
  3. Jump up^ “West Sussex Record Office, Additional Manuscripts, Catalogue 29, Add Mss 26556”.The National Archives. Retrieved 2011-05-31.
  4. ^ Jump up to:a b Churchill, Penny (2009-11-19). “Historic country houses on the market”. Country Life. Retrieved 2011-05-30.
  5. ^ Jump up to:a b c d “A country seat of learning: Wispers, Sussex”. The Country Seat. 2010-05-14. Retrieved 2011-05-21.
  6. ^ Jump up to:a b http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/a2a/records.aspx?cat=182-wscc_2-1&cid=-1#-1
  7. ^ Jump up to:a b Clark, Laura (2010-04-14). “Inner-city school buys mansion to keep pupils safe from knife crime”. Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 2011-05-30.
  8. Jump up^ “Establishment: St Cuthman’s School, Stedham”. Department for Education: EduBase. Retrieved 2011-05-30.
  9. Jump up^ Jackson Stops sale catalogue, online at