‘Inspirational’ celebration

Ranby House at Westminster Abbey
Ranby House at Westminster Abbey

PUPILS from Worksop College and Ranby House School attended a service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey.

The visit was inspired by the 200th anniversary of the birth of Nathaniel Woodard, the founder of the college and ten other schools.

As the final celebratory event of the year, a special service of thanksgiving recently took place at Westminster Abbey.

Woodard Schools is a group of 46 schools and academies, in both independent and maintained sectors, and is a leading educational charity in the UK.

Each school was represented by staff and pupils at the service and it is believed that it was the largest ever gathering of Woodard schools and members.

Worksop College travelled to London with 35 pupils and four staff, together with the headmaster and his wife and the school Chaplain.

Forteen of those pupils attending sang at the Abbey in the combined choirs of Woodard Schools. The head boy carried the chapel banner during the procession of banners in the Abbey. All year groups (except Year 10) were represented including many whose family have had a long-standing connection with the school.

Ranby House School, the Prep School to Worksop College, took 36 children and six members of staff including the headmaster.

All Year 7 pupils attended, together with the head boy and head girl, who processed with the chapel banner, the deputy head boy and deputy head girl, the head of chapel, and the heads of choir all Year 8 pupils.

The school choir who were attending joined the junior choir for the celebration in the Abbey.

A spokesman said: “After the inspiring and beautiful service, led by the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster, the Worksop College pupils and staff visited the London Eye and the Ranby House pupils and staff visited the Science Museum before they all returned home on the same train.”

“The service was a fantastic and memorable celebration and a wonderful joining together in hymn and prayer of all the Woodard Schools.”