On Thursday 17th March, with the outstanding backdrop of the Wallace Collection, Wetherby School’s extended family of parents, past and present-day staff, alumni and friends of the school gathered to celebrate the school’s 70th anniversary.

Headmaster Mark Snell presided over the festivities, which featured a recital by Year 3 boy, Elias Papathanasiou, of his prize-winning Poem for the Underground and a speech by Lord Freddie Windsor, a graduate of the Wetherby School class of 1985. Lord Windsor reminisced about his time at Wetherby School, about his pride on winning an art prize and he fondly remembered his lovely teachers Miss Jane Ritchie and Miss Frederika Blair – Turner.

The evening was made even more special by the presence of Suzi Ladbroke, daughter of Founders Margaret & Gerald Russell, and two previous Heads of Wetherby School: Miss Jane Ritchie and Miss Jenny Aviss. Alumni from 1951 – 1955, Lord Julian Fellowes, Mr Anthony Swing and Mr Simon Cochreme joined the celebrations, sharing wonderful memories and history from their time at the school.

Surrounded by outstanding treasures of French, Italian and Dutch art in the Grand Gallery, guests enjoyed champagne and canapés and participated with gusto in a Live and Silent Auction to benefit the Wetherby School Bursary Fund. Thanks to generous donations by philanthropic benefactors before and during the event, including our Chairman, Sir John Ritblat, the evening raised over £220,000 in support of the Wetherby School Bursary Fund.

We wish Wetherby School continued success for at least another 70 years!