Digital copy of Notes of an interview with Dr John Birtwistle on 14 October 2008 concerning Mario Lundy and Les Chênes School. Signed by Mick Pinel, Head of Employee Relations and agreed by Dr John Birtwistle. [Some details redacted]. For Mario Lundy's Witness Statement to the Inquiry dated 6 September 2015, see C/D/AW2/B3/29/WS000587.

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October 20th 2008 - October 22nd 2008

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Refers to Dr John Birtwistle's role as the Principal Educational Pyschologist from 1979 for the period throughout Mario Lundy's era as Deputy Head and Headteacher of Les Chênes School, detailing his responsibility for oversight of the psychological welbeing of all schoolchildren and regular visits to Les Chênes, referring also to Jim Hollywood. Refers to comments by Dr Birtwistle about changes to the admissions policy at Les Chênes in the mid-1980s and details about the token economy system in operation at Les Chênes. Refers to assertion by Dr Birtwistle that no child, staff member or parent ever complained to him of any physical abuse, commenting on opportunities for residents to report abuse. Details opinion of Dr Birtwistle regarding the standard of education and care at Les Chênes, noting his concerns about the residential facilities. Also includes details of a discussion about allegations of physical abuse made against Mario Lundy, including Dr Birtwistle's response to the allegations and remarks about Mr Lundy's conduct at Les Chênes, referring to his use of the token economy system.


Cutland, Mike
Heath, Brian
Hollywood, Jim
Le Cornu, Stan, Jurat
Lundy, Mario
Pinel, Mick
Syvret, Stuart, Senator
Chelfham Mill School
Education Sport and Culture
Les Chênes Residential School
Les Chênes School Advisory Sub-Committee
Probation Service
Royal Court
States of Jersey


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