Former teacher at posh Clifton College expected to plead guilty to spying on pupils with secret cameras for 16 years
A former teacher at one of Britain’s top public schools appeared in court yesterday (mon) charged with making scores of indecent images of pupils over a ten year period.
Jonathan Thomson-Glover, 53, was a head of house at £30,000-a-year Clifton College and a teacher of German at the school for 31 years.
He faces 36 counts of making, taking and possessing indecent images of children.
The court heard the images were allegedly taken at a number of locations, including a location in Cornwall and Clifton College, Bristol.
The charges relate to alleged offences between January 2004 and August 2014.
The former teacher appeared at Taunton Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Mon) dressed smartly in a light shirt, blazer, and chino trousers.
He spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth and to say he would be giving “no indication of plea”.
The case was transferred to Taunton Crown Court, where Glover will appear on August 17 at 10am.
Howard Phillips, prosecuting, said: “Mr Thomson-Glover was a teacher and subsequently a house master at Clifton College in Bristol.
“Last year police received information that a computer and address linked to him had been used to download indecent images of children.”
Thomson-Glover, formerly of Wadebridge, Cornwall, gave his address in court as “no fixed abode”.
Unmarried Thomson-Glover, whose father is a vicar, was also a pupil at Clifton College between 1968 to 1980.
He was also head of the East Town accommodation house, an all-boys house for day students, that prides itself on its “warm, inviting and sociable atmosphere”.
Clifton College students are taught in mixed classes but are also placed in single-sex houses where the school says they receive “first class pastoral care”.
His brother Justin, 48, is a TV producer whose most recent work includes Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell and The Fall on the BBC.
Clifton College is a co-educational independent school founded in 1862 and has around 720 pupils, a third of them girls.
Famous former Clifton College students include John Cleese and First World War military leader Field Marshal Douglas Haig.
Thomson-Glover, released on bail until his next hearing, was ordered not to have unsupervised contact with children.