HRH officially opens new schools

Two new schools in Northamptonshire received royal approval when HRH The Duchess of Gloucester officially opened them.

Staff and pupils at the Gateway school in Tiffield and Kingsthorpe College in Northampton hosted a convoy of dignitaries through their new buildings before the Duchess unveiled two commemorative plaques.

The Gateway school, which teaches more than 50 pupils with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties, moved from its old building in Raeburn Road earlier this year thanks to 6.4m of government funding.

The Duchess, who spent time talking to pupils during the tour, said: "It is indeed a real pleasure to be here and I have been completely intrigued by seeing this new school."

Kingsthorpe College also welcomed the Duchess, Lord-Lieutenant of Northamptonshire, Lady Juliet Townsend and Northampton North MP Sally Keeble.

Choir group, KC Divas and year nine trampolinists gave a taster of the school's new groups and facilities before the official plaque was unveiled.

More pictures and reaction in Tuesday's Chronicle & Echo.