9th September 2022
Dear parents and carers
I am writing to inform you of the school’s response to the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
As a school community and as a Church of England school, we join with the nation and commonwealth
in mourning the passing of the Queen. We will be helping young people to make sense of what has
happened and why it is such a significant and sad event in the life and history of our nation. Over the
coming days, we will be reassuring them in this time of uncertainty and helping them reflect in a
respectful and reverential way.
A statement about the Queen’s death was read in form time to all pupils this morning. This included a
minute’s silence and a prayer for the Queen, her family and the nation. Pupils were given time to reflect
and ask questions with their form teacher. We plan to hold special assemblies on Monday for all year
groups, reflecting on the Queen’s life of dedicated Christian service. In addition, the school Wellbeing
Team and the Chaplain are available for pupils and staff should they need some support or some time
for reflection and quiet. Our school website and social media have been updated to carry messages of
condolence and sympathy.
We have also opened a Book of Condolence for pupils, staff, parents and visitors. This is in the reception
area of school and parents are welcome to sign it.
As you will be aware, there will now be a period of national mourning until the day of the Queen’s
funeral. We are awaiting guidance from the government for schools regarding the day of the funeral
and I will communicate any changes to you as soon as we receive official confirmation. As I write, we
do not know this information.
Working with you, we will do all we can as a school to support our young people as we remember the
life of Queen Elizabeth II. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.
Mr M Wood