We were absolutely delighted to welcome our former Headmaster, Richard Tovey and his wife Jane back to the school yesterday for afternoon tea. We were all keen to congratulate him and celebrate his MBE which was awarded to him in recognition of his services to education.
Richard’s father, Gordon Tovey founded the school in 1947 and Richard grew up in the apartment above the school until taking over as Headmaster in 1975 when he was just 25. Richard and Jane achieved so much in their 38 years at the school and it was wonderful for pupils, Old Tockingtonians, Governors, teachers and staff to see them both again.
Richard has dedicated his life to education, as well as being the Headmaster at the school he was also a former chairman of the IAPS, an IAPS Triennial Representative and chairman of the IAPS Bursary Trust. He was also Governor of the English School in Kuwait and Packwood Haugh School.
Mr Symonds said, ‘”Mr Richard Tovey’s MBE is a huge honour and very much deserved. All at Tockington Manor are extremely proud of the hard work both Richard and Jane Tovey put into the school and into education as a whole during their long and very successful career.”
Mr Tovey summed up the afternoon by saying, “What a truly wonderful welcome. We were made to feel like royalty! It was wonderful to see everyone again, to feel the atmosphere and see the place looking as lovely as ever. It was a truly unforgettable afternoon.”