STAFF, pupils and parents atScotland’s most prestigious private schools are starting to look with a mixture of horror and dismay at the portraits which line the walls of some of the most expensive teaching establishments in the country … as some are the paintings of teachers who used their high-powered and high-salaried positions to sexually abuse the children under their control.

At topEdinburghprivate school, Erskine Stewart’s Melville Schools, a portrait of a former headteacher has just been removed from the walls after it was revealed that its subject, Norman Barber, had been convicted in 1945 of indecent acts against young boys and sent to prison for two years.

Meanwhile, a plaque and portrait dedicated to another headmaster, whose reputation has been plagued by stories of abuse, remains hanging at the famed Edinburgh public school, FettesCollege, despite angered complaints from parents.

Parents say that the…

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