Master says farewell to college

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A Harrogate school has said a fond farewell to one of its longest serving masters, who has retired at the end of this academic year.

Andrew Johnson joined Ashville College in 1991 as Deputy Head, and, for almost a quarter of a century, has been one of the independent school’s most popular members of staff.

He taught Latin, Greek, Classical Civilization and Ancient History, was an omnipresent figure on the touchline on a Saturday morning, and ran regular and very popular school trips to Greece and Italy, visiting all the main Classical sites.

Paying tribute to Mr Johnson, Ashville College Headmaster Mark Lauder, said: “Andrew has been a dedicated and committed member of the Ashville team for the past 24 years.

“During his time here, he has given advice to countless students and is held in high esteem by current pupils, former pupils and colleagues alike.

“As a newly arrived Headmaster at Ashville, he was an invaluable help in my first few terms, and when I needed any help or guidance I knew who to turn to for it.

“I know I speak for everyone at Ashville College when I wish Andrew and his wife, Christine, a very long and happy retirement, and we look forward to welcoming them back to future events.”

In addition to his day-to-day school duties, Mr Johnson has been an integral part of the Ashvillian Society – the old pupil’s organization – and has kept in contact with former pupils around the world, attending regular reunions and dinners and hosting drinks receptions at universities.

As a Methodist local preacher he has also maintained links between the College and local churches.