On Thursday 21st November Pembridge Hall School celebrated their 40th anniversary with a reception and charity auction, held at Pomona’s in Notting Hill.

More than 160 parents and alumni were joined by former and current staff for the occasion. Guests enjoyed a champagne reception, live entertainment and delicious finger food. Alumni in particular enjoyed reminiscing over memories of their time at the school with former staff, whose number included two former Headmistresses. The Headmaster, Henry Keighley-Elstub, gave a speech reflecting on both the school’s 40 year history as well as his vision for the future.

The event included a silent auction, which raised money for the bursary fund. The fund is operated by a partner charity The Gold Standard Charitable Trust. Julietta Gishen, a trustee of the charity outlined to guests the important work of the trust.

The school was humbled by the generosity shown by parents and alumni. Support was shown through gifts donated for the auction, pledges made on the night and by those lucky enough to place winning bids on auction items. The evening made a fantastic £43,000 for the charity which is testament to the importance alumni and parents place on the work of the fund. Breaking the target of £40,000 representing 40 years!

Before leaving, guests were presented with goodie bags, which included, amongst other items a special publication of the history of the school, and a Pembridge Hall teddy bear!