Today saw the culmination of our Remembrance Services at Queen Elizabeth’s Academy, as our academy fell silent at 11.00am to remember those individuals who have fought and died for our country. This included those Old Elizabethans who lost their lives in conflict – they were central to our remembrance, with their names proudly displayed on empty chairs at the front of our hall.

In this strangest of years, to ensure that we maintain our proud traditions around Remembrance, we have undertaken a week of individual services for each of our year groups. These full services have taken place in our Elizabethan Hall, with student representatives from our year 11 group laying wreaths at our war memorial in the academy pavilion.

At 11am today, our chaplain Mr Rodriguez led our service virtually, with student Alfie expertly reading ‘In Flanders Fields’, and Mr Williams beautifully played the Last Post ahead of an impeccably observed two-minute silence.

Thank you to all our students for their behaviour during these services and to our student readers. Special thanks also to our staff for making these services happen, including Mrs. Smart, Mrs. Williams, Mr. Griffiths, Mr. McDermott and Mr. Williams.

We will remember them.