Five men have appeared in court to deny a string of child cruelty charges, all alleged to have taken place at the now closed Oakwood boarding school in Stowmarket.
The men – Eric Hugh De Smith, Gerald West, Michael Watts, Stephen Player and Graham Hallett, all appeared before Bury St Edmunds magistrates on Tuesday.
De Smith, 74, of Danes Close, Stowmarket, pleaded not guilty to 16 allegations – 10 of indecent assault of boys under the age of 16, and six of gross indecency with children under 16.
The allegations he faces are said to have taken place between the late 1970s and the late 80s.
He was the only one of the men to face indecency charges,
West, 69, of Martins Meadow, Gislingham, pleaded not guilty to 10 allegations of child cruelty alleged to have taken place between 1976 and 1996.
Watts, 57, of Sellwood Road, Netley Abbey, Southampton, denied six charges of child cruelty, between 1981 and 1999.
Player, 59, of Manor Road, Spratton, Northampton, pleaded not guilty to six allegations of child cruelty between 1977 and 1988.
And Hallett, 65, of Aldcliffe Road, Lancaster, denied one allegation of child cruelty alleged to have taken place between 1974 and 1977.
The court heard the boarding school closed in 1999.
De Smith was released on conditional bail while the other four were all released on unconditional bail.
They will all appear at Ipswich Crown Court on October 17.