School’s out for Tony


TONY Phillips is enjoying his summer holidays like every other teacher in the Fishponds area.

But when the schools go back next month he will not be returning to Chester Park Junior School, where he has worked since qualifying in 1985.

Mr Phillips, 57, is retiring from the school, where he has been head for the past decade. Chester Park Juniors is also where he met his wife Hilary, who taught at the infant school next door.

The popular head teacher, who was given a good send-off by staff, children and families at the school, says it is the children he will miss most.

But he is not giving up a life ruled by the academic year entirely - he and Hilary will still be taking their grandchildren to their school daily.

“The difference will be I won’t have to stay all day,” he said. 

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