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St Michael's Preparatory School, Otford

St Michael's Preparatory School is a coeducational preparatory school in Otford.

The school is located in a 90-acre (360,000 m2) site in the North Downs with old and new buildings.


  • History 1
  • Notable former pupils 2
  • Notable teachers 3
  • Abuse allegations 4
  • Further reading 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


St Michael's was founded at Hatcham in 1872 by the Reverend Arthur Tooth as a school and home for the sons of the clergy, naval and military officers, and professionals who had suffered bereavement or fallen on hard times.

The school now has more than 460 pupils.

Notable former pupils

Notable former pupils include:

Notable teachers

Abuse allegations

In 2005, actor John Hurt stated in an interview with the Independent on Sunday that when he was a pupil at the school he was abused by Donald Cormack, then Senior Master of the school and later became Head Teacher until his retirement in 1981.[2] According to Hurt, Cormack used to remove his two false front teeth and insert his tongue into boys' mouths. Hurt also said that Cormack used to rub the boys' faces with his stubble. Hurt said that the experience affected him "hugely". According to the interviewer, Sholto Byrnes, he and Hurt have a mutual friend who had earlier made the same allegations to Byrnes.[3]

Further reading

  • Sally Maria Jones, St Michael's School, Otford: Recollections, Observations, and Celebrations. The Story of St Michael's School, Otford, Since its Foundation in Hatcham, New Cross, in 1872 (Sevenoaks: Amherst, 2004; 255pp., with illustrations and portraits; ISBN 1-903637-22-8)


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  2. ^ History of St Michael's School, accessed 21 March 2010. (Confirming details of Cormack's career.)
  3. ^ , 16 October 2005Independent on SundaySholto Byrnes, "John Hurt: I was abused, too",

External links

  • School website

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