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School responds to the death of HRH Queen Elizabeth II

This morning we came to school with the very sad news that Her Royal Highness, the Queen has died at the age of 96. Our heartfelt thoughts and condolences go out to the royal family at this very sad time. Our school community, our family, stands together to mourn her loss and to remember the enormous contribution that the Queen has made to British life during her seven decades as our monarch.

This morning, we marked the Queen’s passing with one minutes silence at 9am. Guided by a specially prepared presentation, we used tutor time across all year groups to remember and reflect on her life. We discussed with students highlights of the Queen’s time as our leader right back to the history of how she became Queen at such a young age and on her role this week in appointing a new Prime Minister. We are able to draw parallels with our own family life and hers as a wife, mum, grandmother.

We recognise that some students or staff may well feel that very sad events like this have an impact on their thoughts and feelings. We have in place a system of pastoral care and will support any students or staff who feel the need for additional help.

Over the coming days, we expect to receive further guidance on how schools may be affected by the plans that will emerge in relation to how our country will manage this very unique situation. We will of course keep all students, staff and families informed but for now school will remain open and working normally.

Nigel Bielby

Executive Headteacher

Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School & Sixth Form College


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