Duke helps mark 100 years of education

ROYAL VISIT: The Duke of Gloucester, far right, on his visit to Woodlea Primary School. During his visit, he met elderly residents who were once pupils at the school and listened to present pupils performing songs.
ROYAL VISIT: The Duke of Gloucester, far right, on his visit to Woodlea Primary School. During his visit, he met elderly residents who were once pupils at the school and listened to present pupils performing songs.
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A SCHOOL’S century of service has been recognised with a Royal seal of approval.

His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester visited Woodlea Primary School in Fence Houses yesterday afternoon.

The grandson of George V and a first cousin to The Queen met past and present pupils, looked at historical records, viewed a series of displays and unveiled a plaque.

There has been a school on the site since 1913 with the original Fence Houses Infant and Junior School, which became a secondary school.

It became Woodlea Primary School in 1977.

Headteacher Philip Adamson said: “It is a huge honour to have a Royal visitor to the school to extend our centenary celebrations.

“The new plaque sits alongside the original one for 1913 and be the culmination of what should be a momentous day for all involved.”

The school flew the Royal Standard flag as it celebrated the visit as the duke toured businesses and charities in the region.