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Abbotsholme deputy head teacher receives memorial

By Uttoxeter Advertiser  |  Posted: September 04, 2014

By Joanna Craig

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FORMER pupils of a Rocester deputy head teacher left heartfelt tributes at a recent memorial service to mark the anniversary of his death.

The ceremony was held at Abbotsholme School to remember former deputy head teacher Tony Price, who died in 2011.

A plaque and mounted ammonite was erected in the wall of the old chemistry laboratory facing the Rose Yard to remember the popular chemistry teacher and deputy head.

School governors are also to name an annual sixth form scholarship in his honour – the ALPrice Sixth Form Science Scholarship, in memory of 'one of the most remarkable teachers' to have taught at Abbotsholme.

Each year the recipient will receive help from the fund set up in his name to help their studies at university after they leave Abbotsholme.

Mr Price retired after 36 years in 1993, having been deputy head teacher for 18 of those years and acting head teacher for two.

For the whole period of his time on the staff at Abbotsholme he was head of chemistry.

He took on the head of science role in 1964 and was housemaster of Clownholme boarding house from 1960 until his retirement.

He is remembered for his ability to encourage his charges into a life dedicated to areas of science.

His contributions went far outside the classroom. He ran the rugby XV for 21 years and the hockey XI for eight.

He led many hikes to the North Yorkshire coast, fossil hunting.

He was in charge of the school fishing tickets on the Dove, ran the school photographic club and much more.

David and Valery Dean, both retired Abbotsholme teachers, remembered Tony and said: "To say that Tony was a rock without which Abbotsholme would not have seen through those difficult days is no doubt an understatement.

"I was lucky enough to visit him and Joan once at Abergynolwyn, and the two of us have seen him in action as an exemplary schoolmaster and then second master offering strength and no-nonsense support to everyone around him."

Ragi Dholkia, a former pupil, said: "He was one of my favourite teachers and I always remember him, and indeed all of my time at Abbotsholme, with such great memories. He really was one of my favourite teachers and was an incredible person, a fantastic teacher with a great sense of humour, always able to strike the right balance in the classroom and outside, with pupils of all ages and abilities. He managed to get us all interested in chemistry – everyone respected him so much."

Former pupil Derek Hammersley said: "Tony Price for me summed up many of the things I treasured about Abbotsholme. He had the ability to make you feel special, to make you want to do well, not only for him but for yourself. He told it to you straight and I respected him and liked him for that."

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