Our whole family was devastated to hear of the tragic and untimely death of Mr Aylett. Henry taught all three of our children and was truly an inspirational teacher and throughly decent man.
Our eldest Maddy was in Mr Aylett’s first class at Marshgate when he joined. We needn’t have worried about him being an NQT, he was born to teach! With all three of our children he treated them as the individuals they are and managed to get the best out of them; firm but fair, inspiring, fun loving, encouraging and supportive. Our children responded, gave of their best and loved having him as their teacher. As parents, seeing our children happy and thriving we couldn’t have asked for more. Mr Aylett’s Class Assemblies were also legendary!
Our son Rory was in the rugby team that Mr Aylett and Mr Hobbins took all the way via the Borough tournament to the London Youth Games. They won the plate and the icing on the cake was that they also won the tournament Fair Play Award. Testament to Mr Aylett’s expert training, leadership and character as much as the childrens’ abilities. A wonderful afternoon was spent watching a match at Richmond rugby ground one weekend post tournament, children, teachers and parents celebrating together their hard earned success, arranged by Mr Aylett and Mr Hobbins.
Mr Aylett knew how to connect with parents too, we spent many an enjoyable evening at PTA events, he was always present. We were lucky enough to have him accompany us on one Snowdon Trip, encouraging parents and children alike when the fog came in and certainly enjoying the post climb group fun. Still gutted we never beat the ‘lads’ team in the school quiz!
Lasting highlights from our time as parents at Marshgate were the Christmas parties. Mr Aylett arranged ‘staff performances’ on many occasions, fully choreographed and rehearsed after hours, above and beyond the role of teacher, but the staff seemed to love it as much as we did! A particular memory is the Gangnam Style dance off between parents and staff finalising one party, I (Suzie) was Mr Aylett’s dance-off partner and the joyous memory will stick with me forever.
I know Henry was a good friend more so than just a colleague to so many at Marshgate and we pass on our sincere condolences to them. Likewise we pass on our heartfelt condolences and love to his treasured wife and boys.
With love, sadness and many happy memories, The Faulkner Family