Our Head Boy, Will Moseley, and Head Girl, Grace Williams, led our school’s condolences for the death of Queen Elizabeth II by laying flowers at the National Arboretum.

Our school makes sure the National Arboretum plays a prominent role in our spiritual and reflective guidance for students and we seek to support them in confronting the concept of loss. Clearly, as well as the emotion attached to recent days, national events like this and the Remembrance commemorations, are opportunities to pursue this learning point and to take part in a national climate of mourning and respect.

The flowers included the card message of: “In  memory and grateful thanks of your incredible service and commitment to duty. You were and will continue to be an inspiration to us all.”

Matt Allman, Headteacher, said: “Will and Grace are fantastic role models for their peers and carried out this school duty with the necessary deference and respect. Our school has worked hard to cover the death of Queen Elizabeth II so our students understand proceedings but also feel assured in terms of bereavement and loss. This laying of flowers was part of this process.”