At the end of this summer Albany Academy staff and students said farewell to two of the longest serving members of staff who retired after teaching at Albany for a total of 70 years between them. Mr Martin Peacock and Mrs Susan Lillie, who taught PE and RE respectively, both worked at the top Chorley school since the early 1980s.
Martin Peacock, who taught Physical Education, retired after thirty-five years at the school.
Martin said, “I consider myself to be extremely fortunate that I have been able to work at Albany for 35 years. During this time, I have seen the school continually grow through the conscientious, hard work of many teachers and the whole school community. I have seen thousands of children benefit from their educational experiences through to becoming active, positive members of society as adults. I am honoured to have been given the opportunity to work with children in such a rewarding job”.
Religious Education teacher, Susan Lillie, who worked for 34 years at Albany since moving to Chorley from Cheshire. Mrs Lillie taught religious education to all the students who attended the school in that period and oversaw the introduction of voluntary service for all Year 10 students, in addition she promoted the school as a Fair Trade community.
Headteacher, Peter Mayland, said of both staff, “Martin and Sue are two of the most humble and passionate people I have had the privilege to work with. They both recognise the vital role that education plays in the lives of young people, and that school is not just about passing exams. They have dedicated their careers to promoting the physical and spiritual wellbeing of the young people of Chorley and so many students and colleagues owe a huge debt of thanks to them.”
The school will remember both teachers, who displayed their loyalty to the children of Chorley throughout the past three decades, by dedicating important areas of the school building to them. In recognition of Susan’s long standing achievement, a section of the school library will be named after her, and in September, the newly refurbished gym will be dedicated to Mr Peacock as ‘The Martin Peacock Gymnasium’.
Of this honour, Mr Peacock added, “Having the gymnasium named after me was a very humbling experience. To become such a permanent fixture within the school that means so much to me, has been quite overwhelming and much appreciated by myself and my family”.