New academy in Welwyn Garden City welcomes Lord Lieutenant of Herts

Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire visits The Ridgeway Academy. Right to left: Headteacher Jed Whelan,

Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire visits The Ridgeway Academy. Right to left: Headteacher Jed Whelan, Deni, Tom, Lord Lieutenant Robert Voss CBE, Cyra, Kieran and Alan Gray, chairman of the Albans Academy Trust. Picture: The Ridgeway Academy - Credit: Archant

A Welwyn Garden City school which recently gained academy status invited the Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire to mark its official opening.

Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire visits The Ridgeway Academy. Picture: The Ridgeway Academy

Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire visits The Ridgeway Academy. Picture: The Ridgeway Academy - Credit: Archant

The Ridgeway Academy in Panshanger, formerly Sir Frederic Osborn School, welcomed Lord Lieutenant Robert Voss to the school to celebrate joining the Albans Academies Trust.

The academy has a new uniform and has had an investment of more than one million pounds for a refurbishment programme and new resources.

The Lord Lieutenant was greeted by headteacher Jed Whelan, head boy Satvika Sinha and head girl Megan Nicolson, and attended a celebratory assembly with a musical performance and speeches from pupils.

He said: “It was a pleasure to see such energy and positivity in the school and there was a real sense of pride that the students have in their new academy.”