Headmaster of Charterhouse faces revolt from parents who claim his 'draconian' regime has led to scenes of 'anarchy' at the £12,000-a-term public school 

  • Former pupil set up an online petition calling for headmaster to be sacked
  • Now parents have raised concerns about discipline methods at the school
  • The school has claimed the petition was backed by 'fictitious comments'

Former pupils and parents at Charterhouse school have criticised  headmaster Richard Pleming

Former pupils and parents at Charterhouse school have criticised headmaster Richard Pleming

A row has broken out at one of Britain's top private schools after parents and ex-students accused the headteacher of 'draconian' methods.

Richard Pleming took over as head of the £12,000-a-term school last year but has recently come in for criticism from former pupils and parents.

It is claimed that 'Pleming Out' graffiti has been daubed on the walls of the building, which has been a home to the school since 1872.

The row became public earlier this year when a online petition created by a former student called for Mr Pleming to be sacked.

The petition, which reportedly garnered more than 200 signatures, was later removed due to what the school called 'numerous fictitious comments'.

But Andrew Mead, a parent of a recent pupil, has now written to The Daily Telegraph, calling for Mr Pleming to go.

He told the paper: 'I understand that anarchy reigns supreme at Charterhouse with pupils putting graffiti on walls with the words "Pleming Out".'

A number of other people, claiming to be fellow-parents of students at the school, have also commented on story about the school by student newspaper, The Tab.

One commenter, claiming to be a parent of a pupil, wrote: 'We have had an appalling two years after a previous three year's unblemished record.

'I lost all confidence in the school's care of my son and had to return from our posting abroad. Punishment seems to override care and the children seem "feared". Yet they are the central asset of the school.'

The historic Charterhouse school has come in for criticism over claims of 'draconian' discipline methods

The historic Charterhouse school has come in for criticism over claims of 'draconian' discipline methods

Another person, also claiming to be a parent, wrote: 'Over £150,000 to date has been spent by my husband on our son's Charterhouse education, yet I find myself going out of my way not to recommend Charterhouse as a school to friends and acquaintances, perhaps even relishing the notion that I was able to issue a warning. I think that is terribly sad.'

Another woman added: 'It is very sad to see what was once a respected, thriving school with such a rich history become the centre of so much controversy.'

Charterhouse, based in Godalming, Surrey, was founded in 1611 and famous former pupils include broadcasters David and Jonathan Dimbleby, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and UKIP MP Douglas Carswell. 

The school was rated as 'good' in its most recent Ofsted inspection and a 2013 report by the Independent Schools Inspectorate found it met all of the national standards for boarding schools.

MailOnline has contacted Charterhouse for comment. 

A parent has now written to a national newspaper calling for the headteacher, Richard Pleming, to be sacked

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