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, Judith Buckingham, said:

"Queen Elizabeth has been a constant in my life providing a steadiness and constant source of comfort and guidance particularly during times of challenge – she was always there. She maintained dignity and a consistent ‘keep calm and carry-on’ attitude alongside a steadfast and unflappable work ethic at all times.

At St Luke’s, we pride ourselves in our school values of Kindness, Respect, and Perseverance and the Queen was a shining example of all these.

Personally, I will very much miss her appearances in her brightly coloured outfits and fabulous hats which brought some real vibrancy to every occasion.

She was an incredible woman who kept the promise she made to the people of Britain and the Commonwealth at the age of 21 in 1947:

‘my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service’.She kept that promise to the end and leaves a magnificent legacy."

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.