Students at one Hanworth primary spent the penultimate day of school before half-term enjoying a tea party in honour of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Pupils in all year groups at Oriel Academy enjoyed cake, sandwiches, squash and time outdoors taking part in a raft of fun activities. 

Children at the school in Hounslow Road also spent time learning about the history behind the Queen’s 70-year reign and her devotion to service. 

Homework had earlier been set which included drawing portraits of the Queen. 

Laiba Mustafa, Year 6, with her Platinum Jubilee art homework

Oriel Academy students enjoying a tea party to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

Chloe Butcher, Wellness Curriculum Lead at Oriel, was in charge of overseeing the tea party. 

She told the Hounslow Herald: “It is important to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with an event such as our tea party, because it helps encourage a feeling of community and national pride. It marks an historic moment and so we want the children to recognise and appreciate the significance of it. The children think the Queen is someone to be proud of because she has done such a great job for such a long time!”

One Oriel student said: “We had a fantastic time at the tea party celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee. I ate lots of cakes and I wish the Queen could have been there because she would have loved it!”

Oriel currently has places available in Reception and Nursery for the academic year that begins September 2022. For more information email: office@oriel- or call: 0208 894 9395.

The school’s first Ofsted inspection since the pandemic began saw Oriel retain its ‘Good’ rating.

The report states Oriel is “happy and welcoming. Pupils enjoy their learning and try their best. They feel motivated by the encouragement they get from staff. Children get off to a good start in the early years. They do well in the nurturing and stimulating environment.”

The report, published earlier this year, saw pupils reveal that bullying does not happen at Oriel as they know that staff will resolve any friendship issues or unkind behaviour.

The inspectors also noted “leaders have ensured the school has continued to improve. They have introduced a successful mathematics programme and reading is at the heart of the curriculum. This starts in the early years. Leaders want the curriculum to be memorable and they use educational visits to bring learning to life.”