May 08 - Archbishop attends School’s 250th celebration

The Royal Alexandra and Albert School in Reigate welcomed the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, to its 250th anniversary celebrations on Sunday 11th May 2008.

The Archbishop planted a Wellingtonia tree near the School Chapel in commemoration of his visit. He then attended a service of thanksgiving where he gave an address and presented prizes to pupils from the Senior School. After the service he joined pupils, parents and staff for lunch.

Paul Spencer Ellis said “The School was founded to support orphan children at a time when the outlook for these children was very poor. Even today, there are children who have difficult family circumstances and for whom a boarding education is desirable. The Royal Alexandra and Albert School provides places for over 50 such children and they are educated alongside the other 710 pupils at the School. These children thrive on the opportunities they receive at the School and many go on to have successful careers.’

Over 20,000 Foundationers have received free boarding education at the Royal Alexandra School and the Albert School since its foundation in 1758. Headmaster, Paul Spencer Ellis said “We are delighted the Archbishop of Canterbury has chosen to join us as we celebrate this 250th anniversary.”

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