Retired High Peak headteacher dies after illness

Stuart Ash who taught at Chapel-en-le-Frith High School died earlier this month.
Stuart Ash who taught at Chapel-en-le-Frith High School died earlier this month.

Tribute have been paid to a former High Peak headteacher who lost his battle with illness.

Stuart Ash who taught at Chapel-en-le-Frith High School died earlier this month.

Mr Ash retired in 2011 after 18 years as headteacher of the school. Parents may remember that it was Mr Ash who oversaw the negotiation of the provision of the new school, merging the existing high school with what was then John Duncan Special School in Buxton.

The current headteacher Simon Grieves said: “The school’s current success and its friendly and inclusive ethos are in no small measure due to Stuart’s hard work and vision and the work of the staff team that he built here.

“Stuart was universally well regarded and respected and touched the lives of many young people in this community.

“I am sure that many parents and ex-students will remember him with fondness and share our sadness at this news. A collection is being made in aid of Earl Mountbatten Hospice, Isle of Wight and we are happy to pass on any donations that parents may wish to make.”