Gallery: Royal guest describes eco-School as the best in the country

PUBLISHED: 16:40 18 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:31 26 October 2009

Prince Richard, the Duke of Gloucester praises eco-school

Prince Richard, the Duke of Gloucester praises eco-school

A ROYAL guest described an eco-school in Hatfield as the best in the country as he officially opened it. Prince Richard, the Duke of Gloucester, was given a tour of the ultra-modern Howe Dell School, on The Runway, this morning (Tuesday). He then proclaim

A ROYAL guest described an eco-school in Hatfield as the best in the country as he officially opened it.

Prince Richard, the Duke of Gloucester, was given a tour of the ultra-modern Howe Dell School, on The Runway, this morning (Tuesday).

He then proclaimed in an assembly speech to students, teachers and guests that it was an example for future schools in the 21st century.

The Duke, who is 19th in line to the throne, visited classrooms, the outdoor facilities, the early years and children centre and spoke to many of those involved in the process of developing the school.

He then watched an impressive assembly where pupils and the choir alike performed.

He told them: "Thank you very much for inviting me.

"I would firstly like to say it has been a pleasure visiting Hatfield, which to me I always associate with aviation and when I was younger, me and my brother would search for the Comet jet, when going past on the A1(M), with great excitement."

He said: "The school is the newest and best designed 21st century school.

"It's an improvement to have an eco-school. I feel this is a better life, a life that takes waste out of the world and uses it to our benefit.

"I would like to congratulate all those in the history and in the planning and decision making that I should imagine has been done.

"This is an occasion for everyone to remember."

Pupils moved into the purpose-built facility in September from its former home in Old Rectory Drive.

Its features include solar panels, the use of recycled materials and the school is the first UK building to use an interseasonal heat transfer system to store summer heat for use in winter.


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