Funeral date set for “iconic” headteacher

Tony Storey OBE received the Freedom of the Borough at the Mansion House. Picture: Marie Caley D1085MC
Tony Storey OBE received the Freedom of the Borough at the Mansion House. Picture: Marie Caley D1085MC
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A funeral date has been set for Britain’s longest serving headteacher and Freeman of The Borough Tony Storey.

The funeral takes place on Monday June 22 with a cremation service for family, close friends and colleagues will take place at Sherwood Forest Crematorium, Ollerton at 11am.

A memorial service will take place on the afternoon of June 22 at Hayfield School at 1.30pm, all welcome. A wake will also take place at the Bluebell Inn in Lound at 6pm.

Collection money will be split between The Hayfield School Fund and Scleroderma Society.

Tributes have been paid to Mr Storey who died suddenly last Wednesday after suffering a stroke.

Mr Storey dedicated 37 years of his life to working as headteacher at The Hayfield School.

The 76-year-old who was also awarded an OBE for his services to education, can also lay claim to becoming the youngest secondary headteacher in the country after taking up his post in 1970 at the age of 31.

Jeff Roberts, who worked as deputy head of The Hayfield School alongside Mr Storey, said: “A word people often use when speaking about Tony is iconic. He had a real generosity of spirit and was a man a integrity.

“Tony was intellectually mischievous, he didn’t suffer fools gladly and resented the politics in education, for him it was all about putting children first. He never gave up on a child and always saw the best in people.

“He was an inspirational leader and commanded a great loyalty in people who worked alongside him, working at the school for 30 years or more was common for a teacher when Tony was around.”