THE school bell will be ringing for the last time for three long-serving Chulmleigh teachers when schools break for summer this week. Community College teachers David Worden and Terry Samuel are both retiring after clocking up a combined 61 years teachin
THE school bell will be ringing for the last time for three long-serving Chulmleigh teachers when schools break for summer this week.Community College teachers David Worden and Terry Samuel are both retiring after clocking up a combined 61 years' teaching in the town, while Terry's wife Maggie is stepping down after 26 years at the neighbouring County Primary School.Head of humanities Mr Worden joined the college in 1977, the year The Eagles topped the charts with Hotel California. He said his first impressions of the college were that it was set in beautiful surroundings and had very pleasant students. "Having spent a short time as an advisory teacher in the late 1980s, I worked in around 40 schools in Devon," he told the Gazette. "I never found a better school than Chulmleigh."Meanwhile, Mr Samuel's introduction to the college on a freezing cold January morning in 1979 was somewhat hindered by snow that had fallen so deep, it was level with the hedgerow.The head of Arts said that organising residential and exchange trips, various drama productions and the college's 50th anniversary celebrations in 1988 were among the highlights of his time at the school.Mr and Mrs Samuel, whose children both attended schools in Chulmleigh, have spent a combined 55 teaching years in the town. "There are many parts of the world that we haven't been to yet and we're looking forward to taking some off-peak holidays," said Mrs Samuel.