Former headmaster Stephen Scholes faces further child abuse proceedings


January 13, 2021 | By Kieran Chatterton |

January 13, 2021 | By Kieran Chatterton |

Stephen Scholes is a prolific convicted paedophile, and we have written previously about his sexual abuse of children while he was a teacher in the Huddersfield and Dewsbury area. He is known to have abused many children while at Royds Hall School, but he also taught at Holmfirth High and Combs Hill, as well as being involved with local Scout groups.

Stephen Scholes pleaded guilty to many sexual offences against a large number of children at a trial in 2016 and was given a long prison sentence. Several other victims of his abuse came forward and although he did not plead guilty he was convicted again, following a trial at Leeds Crown Court in 2018. However he has recently been released from prison on parole. Over this period we have helped many of his victims claim compensation.

Stephen Scholes is now part of a third set of criminal proceedings after more people have come forward and disclosed the abuse that they suffered by him. He was in Leeds Magistrates Court in December 2020 and the case will be transferred to Leeds Crown Court in early 2021. Scholes was granted bail pending his trial.

Our Child Abuse Compensation department has assisted many people in claiming compensation following abuse by Scholes, as well as a number of other individuals and organisations.

If you need professional advice, relating to Child Abuse, call us on 0800 138 0458 or contact us through the website. We can discuss your circumstances with you and explain how we could help you. All discussions will remain confidential.

Kieran Chatterton

Kieran is a solicitor in our Child Abuse Compensation team and is based in our Wakefield office. He qualified as a solicitor in 2008 and joined Switalskis in April 2013. Kieran's profile

Posted in

Free Guide - Moving on from Sexual Abuse

There are many aspects to moving on from past sexual abuse. It's important that you know where to begin and who to contact, and that you have a strategy for life after abuse.

In this free guide, writer Shereen Lincoln explains all the things you need to consider and shows the way towards a happier, more fulfilling life after abuse.