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Id: 292 - Monday 10th December 2001 16:20 - Press Release

Duke of Edinburgh officially opens Abbeyfield School

Picture: HRH The Duke of Edinburgh meets staff and pupils at Abbeyfield School (picture David Bunton Freelance photographer)

His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh officially opened Chippenham’s new Abbeyfield Secondary School to the delight of pupils and staff on Friday 7th December.

During the visit, His Royal Highness toured the school’s state of the art Learning Centre and meet with staff and pupils in the main hall before performing the official opening by unveiling a commemorative plaque in the sports hall to rapturous applause.

Head teacher, Trish Shubrook, who took the Prince on a tour of the building said: “The visit was the culmination of so much planning and preparation. It was thrilling. The Duke of Edinburgh was so charming and made everyone feel so relaxed. It was a great day for all the staff, pupils and for local people.

We are delighted with the new school. It is light, spacious and modern. We have brand new furniture and equipment throughout the school, with some exceptional IT and performing arts facilities, including a recording studio. All of us who are connected with the school, staff, governors and students, feel privileged to work in such an environment and are committed to creating a happy and successful school to serve families in Chippenham.”

The new 900 pupil school is the first of three PFI schools to open in Wiltshire. The school buildings and site will be managed by Group 4 Falck who will be responsible for the maintenance of the school and running facilities such as catering and caretaking.

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