Allegations uncovered by the Met Police as part of its investigations into the activities of Jimmy Savile include claims that he may have abused children at Penhurst, the former national children’s home on New Street in Chipping Norton, at some point between the 1960s and 1980s.
The education secretary, Michael Gove, has issued a written statement naming Penhurst as one of the 21 institutions where abuse is alleged to have taken place.
He stated that he had received information ‘uncovered as part of the document review process undertaken by the Metropolitan Police Service on behalf of the Department of Health’.
The Department for Education has now been tasked with passing the information onto the ‘appropriate organisations’ for further investigation. In Penhurst’s case, this would be Oxfordshire County Council.
Former BBC presenter Savile died in 2011, aged 84. Since his death, allegations regarding sex abuse over six decades have emerged.
Penhurst School closed in May 2013, having most recently provided residential education and respite care for children between the ages of 10 and 19, who had profound and multiple learning difficulties.