Special school chief spared jail

THE former head of care at an East Anglian boarding school has been spared jail after being convicted of child cruelty offences.Anthony Robson, 63, of Mill Road, Banham forced one child to eat his own vomit and watched as other pupils at Banham Marshalls College, formerly the Old Rectory School, fought each other, Norwich Crown Court heard.

THE former head of care at an East Anglian boarding school has been spared jail after being convicted of child cruelty offences.

Anthony Robson, 63, of Mill Road, Banham forced one child to eat his own vomit and watched as other pupils at Banham Marshalls College, formerly the Old Rectory School, fought each other, Norwich Crown Court heard.

Robson, was last month convicted of three counts of child cruelty and appeared before the court yesterday for sentence.

Two other men have previously been sentenced following a police investigation into abuse at the home dating back to the 1970s.

Robson's brother George Robson, 66, the school's owner and head, was convicted of five counts of child cruelty. Ill health prevented him from attending court last month to be sentenced. He was given a two-year suspended term in his absence, but died the following day after a fall at his home.

David Clarke, 56, also of Mill Road, Banham, was also convicted of child cruelty and received a 12-month suspended sentence.