Northumberland schoolchildren receive a royal visitor

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A south east Northumberland school got a taste of Royal fever as it received a visit from the Earl of Wessex.

Pupils had their flags at the ready when Prince Edward arrived today at the Northumberland Church of England Academy’s Josephine Butler Campus in Ashington.

The Earl of Wessesx at The Northumberland Church of England Academy in Ashington.'Picture by Jane Coltman

The Earl of Wessesx at The Northumberland Church of England Academy in Ashington.'Picture by Jane Coltman

During his visit The Earl of Wessex met pupils from The Centre, which caters for children with severe and profound learning difficulties from across Northumberland.

He then gave the royal seal of approval to the Academy’s Combined Cadet Force (CCF) unit, which was the first of its kind in the county and one of just a small number of state-school units nationwide. Cadets will demonstrate a dynamic mock attack, complete with blank ammunition.

He also presented the school’s first Duke of Edinburgh’s Award participants with their awards.

Academy executive director Andrew Day said: “We are delighted to welcome The Earl of Wessex to the Academy to show him the many exciting things that are happening in The Centre and across the other phases of the Academy.

“This is a vibrant community and we want to celebrate its successes.”

The Northumberland Church of England Academy (NCEA) is a 0-19 Academy with campuses in Ashington, Newbiggin and Lynemouth.

Pictures by Jane Coltman.