Tributes to Britain’s longest serving headteacher Tony Storey

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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Tributes have been paid to Britain’s longest serving headteacher and Freeman of The Borough Tony Storey.

Mr Storey, who dedicated 37 years of his life to working as headteacher at The Hayfield School, died unexpectedly on Wednesday after suffering a stroke.

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.”

Mr Storey was awarded a Freeman of The Borough in 2008 - an accolade bestowed on a select few honoured for their services to the borough.

In his role as Chair of the Freemen of Doncaster Group he was instrumental in setting up the Young People’s Awards - an annual Doncaster ceremony designed to reward youngsters who have shown exceptional talent or overcome adversity to excel in their studies.

See Doncaster Star for more tributes