In light of recent reporting on cases of sexual abuse in independent schools, we at Stoneleigh-Burnham School feel it is important to reiterate our policies and emphasize that student safety is our highest priority.
Stoneleigh-Burnham staff and faculty members are obliged to observe, without qualification, the highest standards of professional conduct. Stoneleigh-Burnham School acts in loco parentis for all students and any hint of irresponsible behavior by an employee would be a breach of the trust placed in each employee of the School by the parents of Stoneleigh-Burnham students.
Our community policies, including those that address reporting any incident of adult-student or student-student abuse, are distributed to students, families, faculty and staff. As they state:
- Abuse of the dignity of anyone through derogatory or objectionable conduct is offensive behavior and will result in disciplinary action up to and including separation from the School
- Any student should promptly, and without fear, report an incident of harassment or abuse of any type by any member of the School community
- Any complaint will be investigated in a strictly confidential manner
- Where investigation supports an allegation, prompt corrective action will be taken by the Head of School
Should incidents of misconduct come to our attention, Stoneleigh-Burnham is committed to responding swiftly, legally, ethically, and transparently. We are also dedicated to maintaining a healthy School culture. That means clear, ongoing communication of our policies and standards, and responding to the needs of our community with the utmost compassion and justice.
Questions about Stoneleigh-Burnham School policies may be addressed to the Head of School, Sally Mixsell, or to Hillary Hoffman, Director of Communications.