Royal visit to primary school
Mon 19 October 2015, 3:17 pm
Prince Edward, The Earl of Wessex, visited Westbrook Primary School in Hounslow this month, where he met with school children and was given a tour of the facility.
The original school building was demolished in January 2013, and a new facility was built on the site. It was completed in November 2014, with funding of £8.9 million from Hounslow Council and £1.68 million from the Department for Education. It has 665 pupils aged from three to 11.
The Earl of Wessex was shown the school’s centre for the visually impaired, designed for children to learn braille and use interactive learning tools.
Key Stage 2 pupils presented a science demonstration, which included a model volcano. Prince Edward was then given a tour of the school’s new sporting facilities and library, equipped with computers and iPads, which are used as learning aids.
The prince also unveiled a commemorative plaque to mark the official opening of the school, assisted by two Year 6 students, Abduljalil Chaudry and Sruthika Nair.
Melvyn Tatters, headteacher of Westbrook Primary School, said: “It’s such an honour to have The Earl of Wessex here to officially open our new building.
“The school is an excellent learning environment for our children, and we’re especially proud of our centre for the visually impaired which enables children to attend mainstream school while also having specifically designed classes.”
The event was also attended by representatives of Hounslow Council, construction company Galliford Try and architects Pollard Thomas Edwards.