Emotional Goodbyes to College Heroes

Old Stortfordians
Posted on: July 4th 2019

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The end of term always brings mixed emotions of joy (at the summer break ahead) and sadness at saying goodbye to wonderful long serving colleagues who will be very well known to generations of Old Stortfordians.

This year we are bidding farewell to Head of Media Studies, Mike Tomkys, Head of Sixth Form, Linda Dickinson & Deputy Head Chris Woodhouse along with Director of Sport Lyndsay Shepherd, Rosie Pike, Prep School Librarian and Anne Picton, Senior School French Teacher  – an amazing 142 years service between them!

We are bidding a very fond farewell to Deputy Head Chris Woodhouse after over 43 years total dedication to all things Bishop’s Stortford College. Chris has been a stalwart supporter of our boarding community and Christian ethos and will be very sadly missed by the whole College Community. Having only intended to stay at the College for a year Chris has devoted himself, whilst always sporting a fabulous smile and jazzy bow-tie to making the College the most positive and interesting place to be. We wish Chris and Ginny a long and happy retirement in Cirencester and hope that they will pop back to see us as we warmly and gratefully welcome them into the Old Stortfordian community.

Another long serving member of staff who joined the College intending to stay only a few years is Mike Tomkys. Mike will be retiring to the Cyprus sun after 32 years at the College. A favourite amongst pupils, past and present and colleagues alike Mike will be hugely missed on campus and on the hockey pitches. An inspiration and friend to many, Mike’s quizzing skills and positive outlook will make him both popular amongst his new Cypriot community and dangerous to potential opponents should he dabble in any pub quizzes in the future.

Head of Sixth Form Linda Dickinson is also heading to the sun after leaving the College. She will be moving to Dubai with OS Husband Scott (GH, SH, 71-79) but is keen to maintain links back in the UK and will be hoping to remain working within the arena of education whilst there. Linda joined the English department in 2000 with the College being a central part of her life since 1996 as her children James (PP, MJH, HH, 96-08) and Astrid (PP, MJH, YH, 97-09) both complete the Dickinson OS family. We are really hoping that she will become our OS liaison in Dubai – we will keep everyone posted of developments!

Longer tributes to Chris, Mike and Linda can be found on the OS Facebook page.

We wish Chris, Mike, Linda, Lyndsay, Rosie and all leaving staff every happiness in their new adventures. Hopefully they will always take a piece of the College with them wherever they go and enjoy becoming part of the Old Stortfordian Community.

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