Cranbrook in the news for wrong reasons

The IEU is liaising with members at Cranbrook School following an ABC Four Corners current affairs program that aired serious allegations about the boys’ school in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.

The allegations concerned the school’s internal culture for both students and staff, and suggested that Headmaster Nicholas Sampson had covered up abuse allegations at previous schools.

Mr Sampson resigned as Cranbrook principal on Friday 8 March, as the school further investigates the allegations.

“The IEU supports safe workplaces free from bullying and harassment,” said IEUA NSW/ACT Branch Secretary Carol Matthews. “As a union, we provide advice and representation to members who experience work health and safety issues in the workplace.”

Also on 8 March, the Sydney Morning Herald reported that Federal Education Minister Jason Clare had asked his department “to investigate the issues raised in the media relating to Cranbrook and take any appropriate action”.

The union will continue consulting with members at Cranbrook. We have previously assisted members at the school, and we had earlier raised concerns about the school’s disciplinary processes.

We urge teachers and support staff at Cranbrook who share their colleagues’ concerns to join the Chapter. The union is here to help.