Terra Nova School, Cheshire

Terra Nova School, Cheshire

A 71-year-old former French teacher who sexually abused dozens of boys at a top boarding school was today jailed for nearly seven years.

Keith Cavendish-Coulson, 71, preyed on the youngsters while working at the Terra Nova School in Holmes Chapel, Cheshire in the early 1970s.

The teacher, who taught in an old-fashioned academic robe and affected a fake public school accent, was caught out and sacked from his job.

But he escaped justice after a cover-up led by the then headmaster.

Today it emerged many of his the former teacher’s victims are seeking damages for the abuse endured.

Daily Mail 06/11/14

A former master at a prestigious boarding school who sexually abused boy pupils was allowed to resign rather than face a police inquiry as part of an establishment cover-up, it has emerged.

Keith Cavendish-Coulson, now 71, befriended the youngsters, who were aged between eight and 13, before molesting them in classrooms, their dormitories and his private quarters in the 1970s.

The abuse was an ‘open secret’ among the boys at the £13,000-a-year Terra Nova School, near Holmes Chapel, Cheshire.

Its past pupils include Olympic sailing gold medallist Sir Ben Ainslie and David and Victoria Beckham’s eldest son, Brooklyn.

But despite repeated complaints from pupils and their parents, Cavendish-Coulson’s abuse was covered up by the headmaster of the preparatory school, who was worried about the ‘untold damage’ that would be caused to it.

Instead the French and music teacher, known for his tall stories, was allowed to resign for ‘health reasons’ rather than be sacked.

Daily Mail 05/11/14

 

Man charged with abusing boys at Terra Nova School in 1970s

A 70-year-old man has been charged with indecently assaulting boys at a Cheshire school in the 1970s.

Police are investigating allegations of sexual abuse at Terra Nova School near Holmes Chapel.

Keith Cavendish-Coulson, of Crookham Hill, Thatcham in Berkshire, is charged with 19 counts of indecent assault on four boys aged nine to 12 at the time.

He is due to appear before South Cheshire Magistrates’ Court on 10 September.

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