Oxley Parker School


Oxley Parker was a residential establishment for boys located in Colchester, Essex. The school was open from some time in the 1970's until it closed in 1998.


Andrew Grove and Co Solicitors act for approximately 100 former pupils of Oxley Parker, who make complaints of physical, emotional, and in some cases sexual abuse during their time at the school. 


One former staff member Jonathan Bridgewater, who was convicted of numerous sexual offences against former pupils of the school in the early 1990's and sentenced to over 10 years' imprisonment. Our investigations also involve other staff members of the school. 

Compensation Scheme launched 


A scheme has been proposed by the former owners of Oxley Parker School, the Eastern Counties Educational Trust, which aims to compensate any former pupils who suffered sexual, physical or emotional abuse at the School.  The school was open between 1972 and 1998. Many pupils were placed at the school by Essex County Council. Extensive negotiations have now concluded and the scheme went live on 1st June 2018. The scheme was supposed to close on 31st May 2020 but has now been extended for a further 3 months until 31st August 2020.  Andrew Grove and Co Solicitors, is a firm specialising in claims for historical child abuse and we will be preparing applications for compensation under the Scheme.

Andrew Grove and Co Solicitors consider that many former pupils can be reasonably compensated under the proposed scheme. However the firm also considers that there are those who, despite our best efforts, would not benefit from taking part in the scheme. For those that cannot be suitably compensated under the scheme, our firm will seek compensation though the traditional route of issuing Court proceedings.  Proceedings were issued in September 2018 and have been transferred to the High Court in London and are ongoing. 

Any former pupil of Oxley Parker School who suffered abuse there is asked to contact Andrew Grove and Co Solicitors for advice as to the appropriate route of obtaining compensation. Please contact us for further information. 


Press Articles

'Former Colchester school launches abuse damages fund'


'Law firm investigates child abuse claims at former Oxley Parker School in Mill Road'


‘The memories never leave me’ – Lorry driver claims he was beaten at boarding school


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