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, Alan Henderson, said:

"It was with great sadness that we learned about the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II yesterday. As the nation enters into a period of mourning, I think it is fitting that we all take time to reflect on and celebrate her historic 70-year reign, whilst also respectfully marking her passing.

Here at Melksham Oak, we have been, and will continue to speak to students about her life and reign, through assemblies and tutor periods. We believe it is important we come together as a community to support each other through a time when memories of personal or family loss might resurface for students and staff.

In a show of reverence, unity and respect, the school fell silent for two minutes today."

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.