On Tuesday 5 February we had the great honour and privilege to welcome to our school HRH the Duchess of Cambridge. The Duchess came to find out more about our wellbeing programmes supporting our students and teachers as part of Children’s Mental Health Week 2019. She was greeted by our Headteacher Gerard McKenna and our Art & Textiles teacher Andria Zafirakou, the first UK winner of the Global Teacher Prize.

During her visit, the Duchess joined a round table discussion with our senior teachers and mental health support workers about students’ readiness and teacher welfare.

The Duchess then took part in our Random Acts of Kindness club, an extracurricular club that aims to enhance the general wellbeing of our staff and students.

Before departing, the Duchess dropped in to an art and textiles class to see how the school uses art to enhance children’s confidence and wellbeing.

Her Royal Highness was very impressed with our A Level student Shaquille and seeing the drawings he does in his spare time, aside from his A Level portfolio, the Duchess said: “This is what you can do if you don’t use social media. It’s a fantastic advert. Honestly, it’s really, really incredible.”