Fitting memorial at Chipping Norton School to remember First World War

Chipping Norton students Zoe Foster, Beth Coombes and Georgia Juckes help create the school's memorial to mark 100 years since the First World War. NNL-151106-153435001
Chipping Norton students Zoe Foster, Beth Coombes and Georgia Juckes help create the school's memorial to mark 100 years since the First World War. NNL-151106-153435001

A stunning stained glass window has been unveiled at Chipping Norton School as a permanent memorial to the centenary of the First World War.

The three-panel design was on put on display last Friday after the school was approached by the Royal British Legion (RBL) and town mayor Mike Tysoe.

The stained glass window will be posititoned at the back of the school's main hall. NNL-151106-153421001

The stained glass window will be posititoned at the back of the school's main hall. NNL-151106-153421001

They asked pupils to come up with ideas for a memorial to mark 100 years since the war began in 1914.

Students were challenged to submit potential designs, both on paper and as 3D models, before it was decided the stained glass window was the favoured choice of memorial.

Initially a single panel was envisaged, with a poppy design by A level student Zoe Foster. But after looking at possible sites it was decided to expand the design to three panels to go at the back of the school’s main hall.

With words by Year Ten student Georgia Juckes and a silhouette image by Sixth Form pupil Beth Coombes, stained glass expert Graham Brant worked on the design in collaboration with Steve Kingsford, chairman of Chipping Norton’s RBL.

The cost of creating the window was funded by the RBL, Chipping Norton Town Council, the Freemasons, the town’s Rotary Club as well as donations from parents and visitors to the school.

Simon Duffy, headteacher, said: “These outstanding windows are a very fitting memorial to the Great War and a celebration of community achievement in Chipping Norton.”