Farewell to two Ashlyns School teachers

6/7/2011'Teachers Ida Blake and Tony Nicholls are leaving Ashlyns School, berkhamsted,
6/7/2011'Teachers Ida Blake and Tony Nicholls are leaving Ashlyns School, berkhamsted,

TWO long-serving teachers went out with a bang when a load of fireworks were set off at their joint leaving do.

The event on Friday was to mark the departure of Ida Blake and Tony Nicholls from Ashlyns School in Chesham Road, Berkhamsted.

Mr Nicholls, who has worked there since 1980, is leaving to give himself time to recover from two operations.

The 54-year-old regularly organised the school car boot sales and met wife Gill, then a school parent, while helping her set up one of its craft fares.

He has been head of geography and helped organise more than 50 geography trips as well as running 10 of the school’s German exchange programmes.

The Finch Road householder says he has loved living in the same town he teaches in. Bumping into ex-pupils and hearing what they’ve done since leaving is really enjoyable for him.

He said: “It has been a real pleasure working for the school. I have got 29 years of really happy memories of everybody - canteen workers, caretakers, cleaners, teachers, pupils, the whole lot.

“If I had the time over I would do exactly the same all over again. Ashlyns is a fantastic place to work.”

Miss Blake has been at the school for 37 years and has served on its governing body, been a form tutor, head of year and head of history.

She’s taught more than 8,000 students - but will leave the school to start afresh in north east England.

She said her favourite memory of the school is the comradeship of staff and the wonderful children she has met since she began teaching there.

Many former staff and students attended the teachers’ leaving do on Friday, including ex-headteacher Roger Warren.

The pair will leave at the end of the summer term.