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Prince Edward visits Crayford school

PUBLISHED: 14:33 10 May 2012

Prince Edward with Ashleigh Tipler

Prince Edward with Ashleigh Tipler

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Prince Edward stamped his royal mark on a Crayford school when he officially opened the £27 million building.

The Queen’s son, who is seventh in line to the throne, visited Haberdashers’ Aske’s Academy on Iron Mill Lane to perform the ceremony.

He unveiled a plaque to mark the occasion in the main entrance to the school during his visit on Tuesday (May 9)

Fitting

Principal David Willis said: “The school had been eagerly anticipating the visit of Prince Edward.

“Year 3 pupil Ashleigh Tipler presented him with a small posy of flowers. It was a very fitting and appropriate end to what was an excellent event.”

The event was attended by Bexleyheath and Crayford MP David Evennett, the Mayor of Bexley Ray Sams, Bexley councillors, governors representing the school and members of the school’s charity, the Haberdashers’ Company.

The children gave the royal a flag-waving welcome as he drove into the school grounds.

Prince Edward also met with head boy Charlie Carter and head girl Millie Stafford before sitting in on lessons in food technology, English, science and drama.

Mr Willis said: “Everything went very smoothly.

“He stayed for about an hour, did a little tour and talked to some of the children.”

The school is an academy for ages three to 13. It currently only goes up to year 8 at the moment but when it is full to capacity it will cater up to 18 years of age.

There are currently around 650 children enrolled and it unofficially opened towards the start of this academic year, in October 2011.

The event was organised by the school’s sponsors, Haberdashers, who have a number of educational institutes across London.

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