Grand Day 2021
Grand Day saw some 500 students in full ceremonial uniform parade after an inspection by guest of honour and Reviewing Officer Colonel Andy Thorne.
Our impressive Military Band and Corps of Drums led Trooping the Colour which followed the inspection. Founded in 1803, the School is the only one in England and Wales to enjoy the Royal privilege of holding colours (granted in 1825 by King George IV) and marching the colours through the ranks; this only happens in infantry regiments.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, Grand Day on July 9 included prize-giving followed by the parade attended by staff, governors and Year 13 parents only. Many of the pupils aged 11 to 18 have family in the armed forces and, as a personal touch, wear the cap badge of their parents’ or family member’s Service, Corps or Regiment over their hearts.
Indeed, Colonel Thorne has three children at DOYRMS and is the School’s Chair of Governors. He is also Programme Director of two significant Army infrastructure programmes and Chair of the MOD’s European Local Children Safeguarding Board.
The School’s 150-acre countryside site was also the background for a superb display of vintage military transport which included a Hawker Hurricane, Sherman BARV, M10 Achilles, and Staghound T17E armoured car.
Principal Alex Foreman said: “While the last year has been challenging, the resilience of our students has shone through resulting in high achievements by our prize-winning students and our stunning whole school Grand Day which celebrates our unique military heritage. The entire event is led by students who provided a magnificent display of our core values which are courage, integrity, respect, commitment, loyalty and self-discipline.”
For photos of Grand Day, please click here.