The Royal School was delighted to welcome Bishop Jo Bailey Wells, Suffragan Bishop of Dorking, to dedicate the new stained-glass window and community weavings in the School Chapel during Eucharist on the first day of the Spring Term 2018. Funded by a generous gift from The Patron’s Fund and from The Royal School Association, the window commemorates many aspects of the School’s 178 year history and heritage:
- The Royal School’s Patron Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th Birthday in 2016 and the School’s links with the Royal Family.
- The School’s affiliation with HMS Diamond in 2016 and its links with the Royal Navy.
- The merger between The Royal Naval School, founded in 1840, and The Grove School, founded in 1858, to establish The Royal School in 1995.
The window also celebrates The Royal School’s Christian foundation, as the rays emanating from the Cross form a sparkling Diamond. The Royal School is the only Diamond School in Surrey, educating boys and girls separately from Prep 3 to Year 11 and together from Reception to Prep 2 and in the Sixth Form.
Designed and created by Sunrise Stained Glass of Portsmouth, the window adds a sense of vibrant colour to the newly refurbished Chapel. The beautiful weavings to either side were created by staff and students at the School and were greatly inspired by the work of Jacqui Lea and The Community of Hope Weavers.
Addressing all the pupils from Prep 5 to Upper Sixth, as well as staff, Governors, parents and visitors, Bishop Jo Bailey Wells spoke with great passion about the symbolism of the window and particularly the symbolism of the Cross. It was a very special start to the term at The Royal School.