As a school, we are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Her Majesty The Queen on 8th September 2022, at the age of 96. Our thoughts are with her family at this difficult time.

We join people around the country, and across the Commonwealth in remembering her life and mourning her passing after an unprecedented 70 year reign.

Our Principal, Chris Light, said:

“Queen Elizabeth II epitomised what it meant to be a role model. Over her 70 year reign she oversaw huge social change and managed to deal expertly with difficult diplomatic situations, sticking to her core values and beliefs.

The whole Bowerhill Primary School community are saddened by her passing but fondly remember the Platinum Jubilee celebrations back in May. The children will hold on to the joyful memories of the festivities, including their commemorative mug gifted by the PTA.

She leaves a legacy of facing difficult times with grit and determination and advocating for a fairer global society with stoic resolve and a sense of humour. She will be dearly missed.”

The White Horse Federation CEO, Paul Smith, said: “In this moment of solemn reflection, we mourn the passing of Her Majesty, a leader who has demonstrated incredible stoicism, integrity, and service to her country.”

“We at the White Horse Federation pass on our deepest sympathy to the Royal Family. Our thoughts are with them. In the coming days, we will hold assemblies and events to celebrate her historic reign and mark her passing.”

The White Horse Federation Chair of Trustees, Ninna Gibson said: “The White Horse Federation is grateful to Her Majesty for her service. The longest-serving monarch in history and a remarkable woman. We stand together with people worldwide in paying our respects and passing on our deepest sympathy.”

During this period, the school will continue to be open as usual. We will ensure that the school community is kept informed as updates are given by the government around mourning procedures and events.