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Highworth Grammar School in Ashford in porn shock as old website taken over by x-rated site offering casual sex

14 March 2014
by Tim Collins

The sight of scantily clad women offering x-rated services is greeting parents of Ashford grammar school pupils clicking on an outdated weblink.

Casual sex, cam chats, affairs and adult personal ads are just some of the options for visitors to www.highworthgrammar.co.uk - the old web address of an Ashford secondary.
 
Highworth Grammar School, in Quantock Drive, changed its web address three years ago after an overhaul.
After the old Highworth Grammar website was taken over by x-rated site

After the old Highworth Grammar website was taken over by x-rated site

And now it seems an unknown firm registered with Australian domain host above.com has set up shop, advertising the racy content.
 
The site is adorned with six photographs of scantily-clad women around a series of links to pornographic sites.
 
They include a woman wearing nothing but knickers and stockings - and holding her breasts with her hands.
 
Highworth Grammar has apologised to parents and is trying to buy back the old address from the raunchy new owners.
How the Highworth Grammar School website usually looks

How the Highworth Grammar School website usually looks

A spokesman said: "Parents were informed of the changes to the new name and clearly this was acted upon by the great majority of our parents.
 
"We also ensured that any links within the internet had been updated to the best of our ability.
 
"Highworth Grammar School is obviously concerned about the use of the old internet address for such purposes and apologises for any offence to anyone who has inadvertently accessed to old site..." - school statement
"We have received very few contacts from parents about this problem when they have used a favourite bar or history link and they have been most understanding when we have explained what has occurred. 
 
"Since there was a fair period of time between us moving to our new address and the old address being used to redirect to the adult site, we did not feel that raising general public awareness was warranted and for it to act as free advertising for such adult sites.
 
"Highworth Grammar School is obviously concerned about the use of the old internet address for such purposes and apologises for any offence to anyone who has inadvertently accessed to old site."
 
The school's old address was maintained for a period of time after the switch over, redirecting browsers to the updated home page.
 
But the school dropped its subscription, allowing others to purchase the domain.
Highworth Grammar School for Girls in Ashford

Highworth Grammar School for Girls in Ashford

Staff at the school say they are now attempting to buy back the address, after the raunchy site was brought to their attention.
 
A statement added: "We are not in a position to purchase this address back until it next becomes available on the market and we are monitoring the availability. 
 
"Clearly an address advertised and therefore receiving hits is less likely to be released for purchase by the current licence holder."
 
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