Pine End School, Reigate

I have received information that there was sexual abuse at Pine End School, Colley Lane, Reigate, a special school for ‘maladjusted’ children in care run by the old “Inner London Education Authority” ( ILEA). Lambeth Social Services sent people there.

One head teacher was Mr Gwillam Slimm, who was investigated for sexual misconduct, sometime in the 1980s I think. He was suspended for 2 years while there was an investigation but was later reinstated.

Mr Slimm came to the school with his wife Julie who had actually been a pupil of his at a former school.  He also brought a male member of staff with him from his previous school.  It is believed that there is a  teacher with the same name in at least two other special schools in the north of England where he has been the head teacher.

There seems no information regarding the investigation into Gwillam Slimm or even if the other teacher was cited. Has anyone got any more information? You can leave comments anonymously below or email in confidence the email address in the about section

Updated 26 Aug 2021

A couple of people have contacted me confriming abuse and also supporters fo Mr Slimm who deny it.

Shirley Oak Survivors have a number of people who were abused at Pine End and were sent there by Lambeth Council. Shirley Oak Survivors have put in a legal request for Lambeth to extend the redress scheme and include children who were sent by Lambeth to care facilities run by different authorities but where they still got abused. Shirley Oak Survivors said they should have an answer by mid-September. They said they do have access to counsellors that Pine end abused can access.

Shirely Oaks info… and also search on my blog, I have several posts.

Any information gratefully received.

If people were under the control of Lambeth Council or at Shirley Oaks they may be interested in this article 2007 Feb 6 Cathy Fox Blog Looking for a Place Called Home – Report of Shirley Oaks Survivors [2]

Please note that victims of abuse may be triggered by reading this information. These links are generally UK based.

  • The Sanctuary for the Abused [A] has advice on how to prevent triggers.
  • National Association for People Abused in Childhood [B] has a freephone helpline and has links to local support groups.
  • One in Four [C]
  • Havoca [D].
  • Useful post on Triggers [E]  from SurvivorsJustice [F] blog.
  • Jim Hoppers pages on Mindfulness [G]  and Meditation [H] may be useful.
  • Hwaairfan blog An Indigenous Australian Approach to Healing Trauma  [J]
  • Survivors UK for victims and survivors of male rape or the sexual abuse of men [K]
  • Voicing CSA group [L] helps arrange survivors meetings in your area
  • A Prescription for me blog Various emotional support links [M]
  • ShatterBoys -“Male Survivors Of Childhood Sexual Abuse Inspiring change, Through Shared Experience Whilst Building Connections…Together We Can Heal” [N]


[1] Old Reigate .com

[2] 2007 Feb 6 Cathy Fox Blog Looking for a Place Called Home – Report of Shirley Oaks Survivors

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11 Responses to Pine End School, Reigate

  1. brianpead says:

    Hi Cathy, the tentacles of Lambeth reach far and wide. You have my permission to also refer people to my website at and Keep up the good work! Kind regardsBrian Sent using Hushmail On ‎28‎/‎03‎/‎2017 at 3:39 PM, “cathy fox blog on child abuse” wrote: a:hover { color:red; } a { text-decoration:none; color:#08c; } a.primaryactionlink:link,a.primaryactionlink:visited { background-color:#2585B2; color:#fff; } a.primaryactionlink:hover,a.primaryactionlink:active { background-color:#11729E!important; color:#fff!important; } cathy fox blog on Child Abuse posted: “I have received information that there was sexual abuse at Pine End School, Colley Lane, Reigate, a special school for ‘maladjusted’ children in care run by the old “Inner London Education Authority” ( ILEA). Lambeth Social Services sent people there. “


  2. Reblogged this on Buried News and commented:
    Lambeth and Child Abuse seem to be words that link together like Spring and Summer. The one question that needs answering is What do Lambeth Councillors and the police know about this. Or did as I suspect the three wise monkey’s run the council,.


  3. Monica Gillan(new weiss) says:

    Hi. I attended Pine End in the 80s and experienced abuse from Mr Slim and a teacher called Mr Marshal. I am happy to speak about it with anyone that needs information.


  4. Anonymous says:

    Mr Slimm was cleared of all allegations, was a fine educator and cared very much for the deeply disturbed children in his care. His wife Julie happened to be a 6th form student at a school where he taught as a young novice teacher,whom he met again years later. There were abusers at the school, who Mr Slimm was filing a report against when the case about him was placed. He was also fighting to save the school as the council wanted to sell the school to a developer. Teachers were bribed and a couple of children were manipulated into making false statements, which given the psychological damage they already had created false memories. The vindictiveness of the case against Mr Slimm was proven and he was cleared but he remained devastated not only that his impeccable career record was blighted but that children had been harmed by those trying to discredit him. Sadly the false memories implanted in those children hid the real perpetrators. Mr Slimm was a gentle, loving person who took time to help others and this was twisted and used by those with financial gain. Many of the children had been abused from early years and struggled with personal boundaries. At every school where Mr Slimm taught he was an asset and an educator to those whom the system and society had rejected. I knew Mr Slimm personally from age 12 until his untimely death not so long ago. He was a friend, a mentor, a supporter and thanks to him and his inspiration I have an MA and an honorary doctorate. His widow is an amazing person, strong and level headed. Please stop trying to destroy the reputation of this innocent man.


  5. Anonymous says:

    I hope you’re at peace now Monica. You told the 100% truth


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