A former French teacher has been jailed for sexually abusing 24 pupils at an independent boys school in Cheshire.
Keith Cavendish-Coulson, 71, pleaded guilty to 42 counts of indecent assault on boys aged eight to 13 at Terra Nova School near Holmes Chapel.
The abuse took place in dormitories, his own rooms and in classrooms during lessons between 1973 and 1975.
Cavendish-Coulson, of Crookham Common, Berkshire, was jailed for six years and nine months at Chester Crown Court.
Described in court as a serial paedophile, Cavendish-Coulson, of Crookham Hill, also pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting a 12-year-old boy he privately tutored in the late 1980s.
Judge Roger Dutton described two victim impact statements read to the court as “very powerful”.
They told of the long term effects of the abuse they suffered at the hands of Cavendish-Coulson.
The two men said they had trouble forming relationships, bouts of depression and lingering resentment of their parents who left them in the care of a man who breached their trust and exploited their vulnerability in such a serious way.
Claire Lindley, from the Crown Prosecution Service, said: “Keith Cavendish-Coulson presented himself as a friendly and approachable teacher in order to carry out a string of sexual offences against the pupils in his care.
“He used this position of authority to target young boys who trusted their teachers and were often living far away from home.”
She said his abuse has had a “profound effect on his many victims”.
The former master at prestigious Terra Nova School, near Holmes Chapel, Cheshire, admitted 41 sample counts of indecent assault and was today sentenced to six years and nine months’ imprisonment at Chester Crown Court.
All but one of the 71-year-old’s victims were pupils at £13,000-a-year school Terra Nova, with some of the assaults happening during lessons.