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Royal Recognition

Mrs Thomas has not stopped smiling since the start of the term thanks to a very special gesture from former Head of Field House, James Birch.

As James was approaching the end of his time at Hill House School, having been here for 10 years, he knew he wanted to do something to acknowledge the incredible support that he had received over the years from his Housemistress. Inspired by the recent programme, the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy, James decided that the best way to honour Mrs Thomas was to write to Her Majesty.

In his letter, James wrote about Mrs Thomas’ “devotion to the pupils under her care in Field House and her commitment to her Maths students across the school”. James was astonished to receive a reply from Balmoral Castle. He said, “I wrote the letter back in May so when we got to August and I hadn’t heard anything, I started to lose hope”. However, the Queen’s Lady-in-Waiting did respond to James, letting him know that the Queen had “heard with great interest of Mrs Thomas’ caring and committed service to the pupils in Field House”.

Upon hearing of the letter, Mrs Thomas said, “I was overwhelmed, stunned and totally speechless, I keep having to pinch myself. By far this is the nicest thing any student of mine has ever done for me and will forever be cherished. I feel totally unrewarding of it and am humbled by this amazing gesture. It has been an absolute pleasure to teach James and have him by my side as Head of House. Teaching is a vocation, not just a job, and when you can make a difference and help shape even one person's life, that is what makes it all worthwhile”.

James now goes on to study Biotechnology at Nottingham University and we wish him the very best for the future.