Students and staff at a local school had a royal visitor today when the Princess Royal officially opened the new east wing at Westcliff High School for Girls.
Her Royal Highness Princess Anne enjoyed a tour of the new building which has replaced old accommodation used by the school’s Engineering, Art, Textiles, Food and Design Technology departments and brought them together into one creative hub.
She met students and staff in lessons – from new Year 7 students who joined the school at the start of term to those in their final year of A levels – who were keen to tell her how the new building has enhanced their teaching and learning environment.
The project, which began in 2015 and was completed in October 2020, was not without its challenges. The sloping site meant that 200 tonnes of clay had to be removed to create the lower floor.
Headteacher, Andrew Cooper said: “It was a great privilege to welcome The Princess Royal, to officially open the east wing today. Last year we celebrated our centenary. However, we never rest on our laurels and we now have a tremendous facility of which we can all be proud.”
Mr Cooper added: “I think Her Royal Highness enjoyed her visit to Westcliff High School for Girls and as always, our young people were the stars of the show.”