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, Helen Wollington, said:

"Everyone at Southwold Primary and Nursery School are deeply saddened with the news of HRH Queen Elizabeth II passing. We have spent today in school thinking and sharing memories to celebrate her wonderful life and all that she did for us.

In assembly we had reflection time and remembered the recent Platinum Jubilee celebrations that we all enjoyed so much with our family and friends.

We used our values to support and comfort each other through this sadness as well as remember the fun things including her meeting with Paddington Bear earlier this year. She will be deeply missed but will always be in our hearts and thoughts."

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.