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Royal Approval

Civic leaders reflected on the visit after the Princess Royal’s departure.

The Leader of North Lincolnshire Council, Cllr Rob Waltham, was full of praise for the building the high standards being achieved.

““It’s so impressive to have such an excellent new school in Brigg where there is high attainment, great work and a such a range of subjects studied,” he said.

“Having a royal visitor here in this school enabled the young people to show off their fantastic work and fantastic building.”

The Mayor of North Lincolnshire, Cllr John Briggs, was also impressed.

“It’s been a most enjoyable and informative event,” he said. “It was lovely to meet Her Royal Highness and I send my congratulations to everybody here.”

The chair of Delta Academies Trust’s board of directors Steve Hodsman said it had been a “great honour and pleasure” to welcome Her Royal Highness, dignitaries and guests to the Vale Academy.

“Students and staff have displayed everything that is good about the school,” he said.

“Delta Academies Trust is pleased to be the sponsor of such a high-performing school and, on behalf of the board of directors, I’d like to thank Nicola Williams, her staff and her pupils for providing such a memorable day.”

The Trust’s Chief Executive Officer Paul Tarn was ‘delighted’ by the Royal visit.

“The Vale Academy now has fantastic facilities and environment which reflect the outstanding education young people who attend this academy receive,” he said.

“It is the highest performing in the local authority and it is no surprise that the school finds itself over-subscribed. I’d like to congratulate Nicola and the team.

“The choir and orchestra were of phenomenal quality.”

Mrs Williams thanked her team for the level of planning and preparation behind the day.

“The students have really got on board – as they always do – to make the event so memorable.

“Everybody has pulled together, whether it’s the musicians, those who have prepared the food or those in the classrooms who the Princess met. They have been outstanding.

“Her Royal Highness was very knowledgeable about lots of things. We took her in a number of lessons including English, PE, art, science and technology and she spoke to a lot of students and staff.

“This is a community school and I hope the community gets as much out of this building as we do.

“It was just one of those memorable, once-in-the-history-of-the-school events and a fitting end to a five-year project plan. I’m delighted Her Royal Highness came.”