A former governor of a Headington private school is facing jail after he admitted possessing more than 5,000 child abuse images.

At Southwark Crown Court yesterday, Friar Timothy Gardner, a former religious education adviser to the Catholic Education Service, admitted 10 charges of making indecent images of children.

Gardner, 41, also admitted possessing prohibited images of children.

He is a former governor of Rye St Antony, the Catholic independent school for girls, in Pullen’s Lane.

Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith adjourned sentence for reports and Gardner, of Camden, was bailed until March 31.

He was released on the condition he does not have contact with anyone under the age of 18 without supervision.