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'Pause, Reflect, Remember'

To mark Armistice Day on Monday 11 November, the entire school stood together solemnly on the Quad, taking a poignant moment to 'Pause, Reflect and Remember' during the Act of Remembrance.

The service was led by the School Chaplain as a wreath was laid upon the war memorial in the centre of the Quad, by The Head, Rowena Cole, alongside poppy adorned wreaths placed by the School captains James and Phoebe, and Mark Cooper, Chair of the Old Johnian Committee.  

Across the weekend, the School provided a number of opportunities for remembrance and reflection. Families were welcomed to commemorate those lost and affected during their service for our country during Chapel. The CCF Regimental Dinner took place on Friday 8 November, with a number of different uniforms in attendance, and wreaths placed on the memorial from the Army, Navy and RAF cadets.

Furthermore, we are pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of St John’s School, Leatherhead and the Great War 1914-1919.  Written by our archivist, Sally Todd, and former staff member Neil Pudney, this is an absorbing account of the School during the First World War. Beautifully designed and illustrated, it details the lives of pupils, staff, alumni and the School itself during one of the most tumultuous periods in modern history.

A War Memorial website for St John’s School has been created to commemorate those who served in the First World War. Please visit the website to find out more, including the roll of honour and some individual biographies: