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2 November 2023 | Podcasts | Article by Alan Collins

Man jailed for 27 years following historic sexual abuse at boarding school

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In this week’s episode, the abuse team discusses the subject of sexual abuse in schools, prompted by the recent headlines surrounding an ex-boarding school employee who has been jailed for 27 years following sexual offences he committed against students.

73-year-old Keith Figes was employed as a ‘housefather’ at Berrow Wood School in Worcestershire in the 1960s and 1980s, where he preyed on students and students and sexually abused them in their rooms. Figes has now become the 9th member of staff from the school to have been convicted of sexual offences. Figes was sentenced on the 3rd of October 2023 at Worcester Crown Court after previously pleading guilty to 11 counts.

Former pupils have come forward to report that they were continuously ignored by social services at the time when they came forward to report the abuse that took place there by Figes, Lambell and 7 others who have now all been convicted. Unfortunately, the convictions came too late for two victims, who sadly died before they got to see justice done. Our thoughts remain with their family and friends.

If you or someone you know have experienced sexual abuse or harassment at school, please get in touch with our sexual abuse specialists for an informal discussion.

Author bio

Alan Collins


Alan Collins is one of the best known and most experienced solicitors in the field of child abuse litigation and has acted in many high profile cases, including the Jimmy Savile and Haut de la Garenne abuse scandals.  Alan has represented interested parties before public inquiries including the Independent Jersey Care Inquiry, and IICSA (Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse).

Internationally, Alan works in Australia, South East Asia, Uganda, Kenya, and California representing clients in high profile sexual abuse cases. Alan also spoke at the Third Regional Workshop on Justice for Children in East Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok hosted by Unicef and HCCH (Hague Conference on Private International Law).

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