The death of Queen Elizabeth II: FAQs for schools
We're in a national period of mourning following the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Find answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about what this means for your school and what steps you should take.
- Do we need to close the school?
- Do we need to teach an extra day later in the year to make up for the bank holiday?
- We're due to carry out selective testing on the bank holiday - what should I do?
- Should we cancel school events?
- Do we need to follow any particular mourning rules or rituals?
- How can we mark this event in school?
- What should we do if parents/carers want to keep their children at home?
- Are Ofsted inspections happening as normal?
Do we need to close the school?
You shouldn't close the school during the wider period of mourning. The period of mourning started on 8 September and will last until 19 September, the day of the state funeral.
19 September will be a bank holiday. The DfE doesn't expect schools to open on that date. Your school should treat this the same as any other bank holiday.
This is set out in guidance for schools about the national mourning period.
Use our template letter to parents to communicate your school's closure on 19 September.
What code do we use in the attendance register for the bank holiday?
Use the administration Code #: Planned whole or partial school closure.
Do we need to teach an extra day later in the year to make up for the bank holiday?
The DfE says it will reduce the minimum number of sessions for this