THE school bell will barely have stopped ringing in their ears when these teachers hear the peal of wedding bells instead.
For half-a-dozen members of staff at one Wimborne school are set to tie the knot to their partners this summer – with five saying ‘I do’ all on the same day.
Despite teaching different disciplines, from English to PE, all of these QE School employees have chosen to hold their wedding days in the coming weeks.
Science teacher Imogen Parry-Jones, head of English Nick Stroud, PE instructor Gemma Yorston, psychology lecturer Sharon Davidson and English scholar Stephen James are all set to wed on Saturday, July 26.
Breaking with the trend, English teacher Amy Jeffrey will marry her fiancé Adam Wright in her hometown of Aller, Somerset, on August 2.
Miss Yorston has been with her partner Chris Heighway for 15 years.
She said: “We actually went to school together in Wales and that’s where we met.
“We’ll be getting married at the Orangery Suite in Merley, and then we’re going to have our reception at Deans Court in Wimborne.”
Miss Parry-Jones will wed Nicholas Gater in Cranborne.
She said: “I’m so excited – we’re all just keeping our fingers crossed for sunshine.”
Mr Stroud took the unusual step of proposing to partner Tom Clowes while suspended tens of feet in the air.
“We were in a tree house,” he said.
“It’s a hotel in the trees. It was wonderful.”
Miss Davidson, who teachers GCSE and A-level students psychology at the school, will marry Jonathon Harrison at Our Lady Queen of Peace RC Church in Southbourne.
And Mr James is set to walk down the aisle with bride-to-be Sarah Rumbold at Langtry Manor Hotel in Bournemouth.
However, his proposal almost fell at the first hurdle after the ring he designed failed to arrive at the school.
“It was supposed to be delivered here, but it didn’t show up and so there was a bit of a panic,” he said.
“But when it arrived I rather surprised myself by proposing in front of 100 people at the Pump Rooms in Bath.”
Head Martin McLeman said: “We’re delighted and thrilled with the six upcoming weddings.
“The whole school community is thrilled to bits.”