The corridors of Lambrook were once again filled with the happy chatter of pupils on Wednesday for the start of a new academic year.

Watching and welcoming everyone back from our ‘Queen’s Reception’ area, was our beautiful, pearly Queen Victoria.  This specially commissioned splendid piece of art, created by Ann Carrington, is thanks to our very generous Year 8 Leavers’ and their parents and connects our newest building to some of our oldest history as we celebrate our 160th Anniversary year.

Robert Burnside, the first Headmaster of Lambrook, travelled to Windsor Castle on a daily basis to tutor Queen Victoria’s grandchildren. In due course, two grandsons of the royal household, Prince Christian Victor and Prince Albert attended the School for a number of years. Their grandmother, Queen Victoria would often visit the boys, accompanied by the Household Cavalry, to watch them play sport and perform in concerts. During her visits, Queen Victoria’s horses were stabled on the site where our new Queen’s Building is now situated. With our strong historical connection with the Royal Family and in particular, with Queen Victoria, when our new Queen’s Building was completed, it was only fitting that we named it after her – The very place where she used to arrive at Lambrook.

It is an enormous privilege to have a commissioned work by the renowned artist Ann Carrington herself. Ann is famous for her design and creation of The Royal Jubilee Banner made for the Queen in celebration of her Diamond Jubilee. The Royal Jubilee banner hung from the stem of the Royal Barge as it made its journey up the River Thames from Battersea to London Bridge on 3 June 2012. Many of Ann’s artworks involve upcycling recycled materials such as beer cans, buttons and even sea shells and our Lambrook design, has been created using mother-of-pearl buttons, which perfectly portray an image of the young Queen, whilst reflecting the pearly kings and queens of the East End, formed in the same decade as Lambrook School’s beginning.

To hear more about our history and Lambrook’s connection to Queen Victoria, please click on the image below to watch our 160th Anniversary video.

Do visit Ann’s website to view more of her amazing creations:

You can watch a video of Ann and catch a glimpse of some more of her work by clicking on the image below:

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