12:00 Saturday 07 September 2013

Duke of Kent to open two school buildings

Written byROB SMYTH

ROYALTY will descend on a South Derbyshire village to officially open multi-million pound developments at two schools.

Repton School’s Science Priory and The Quad at Foremarke Hall, Repton’s preparatory school, are each to be launched by His Royal Highness Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent, at ceremonies involving staff and pupils from each of the top independent schools.

Ahead of unveiling the plaque at Repton School, the duke will have an opportunity to see experiments in progress in the new labs, view a 3D projection in the lecture theatre and be introduced to representatives of the design team and contractors, as well as to key donors who have helped to finance the £9 million project.

Henry Every, chairman of governors at both Repton School and Foremarke Hall, will welcome the royal on Tuesday, September 24.

He said: “We are looking forward to showing the Duke of Kent and our other distinguished guests around the new facilities.

“In each case they provide outstanding opportunities and facilities for pupils from the schools and for others to enjoy.”

Repton head teacher Robert Holroyd said: “One of the aims of our collaboration with the Science Learning Centre is to enhance wider co-operation and networking in science education, and we look forward to hosting appropriate events to this end.”

Following lunch at Repton School, the duke will move on to its preparatory school, Foremarke Hall, to open the £6 million Quad development.

Housing a contemporary music facility, the languages department, the school’s English and humanities departments, a new art block complete with kiln, a designated ICT suite for design and technology and a Greenpower garage for Foremarke’s award-winning electric cars, pupils moved into the block at the beginning of term.

During his time at Foremarke, the duke will see Greenpower team members working on one of their cars and watch art scholars at work.

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