On Wednesday 9 November, students at Retford Oaks Academy were joined by primary school pupils and representatives of the Royal British Legion for a poignant service remembering the ‘women of war.’

Students celebrated the achievements of women during the war effort with readings and poetry, set to a background of student artwork and projects.

Representative of the Retford branch of the Royal British Legion, Ann Hickman, said: “It is so important for women to be highlighted, because if it hadn’t been for women, the war could have very well been lost.”

Our academy’s cadets led the service dressed in uniform and acted as drum bearers, alongside a very moving dance performed by year 13 student Neve.

In a touching tribute to the Queen, a presentation of photos was played as the Union Jack was solemnly placed over her portrait.

“We come to the service every year, and this year’s was the best one so far. A beautiful tribute to the queen, our patron of the Royal British Legion. I should have brought tissues.” was commented by Wendy Woollard, member of the Royal British Legion.

Guests and students all stood for the sounding of The Last Post, which was followed by a two minute silence.

Poppy Appeal Organiser, Peter Pimperton, said: “From the bottom of my heart, I thank you.”

“Every year is brilliant and we thoroughly look forward to it. The academy’s service is always one of the highlight’s of Retford’s Poppy Appeal.”

The front of the academy is decorated with poppies to mark Remembrance, with an official Remembrance Service to be attended by all students on 11 November 2022.