His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex KG GCVO visited The Royal School Wolverhampton on Wednesday, 14 June, to officially open the school as a Free School. As Patron of the School, His Royal Highness unveiled a plaque and also spent time speaking to the School’s combined Cadet Forces and a large number of pupils and staff from the Primary and Secondary phases.
On arrival, The Earl of Wessex was greeted by Primary students and dignitaries, including Dr Keith Bradshaw, Deputy Lieutenant representing Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands; the High Sheriff of the West Midlands, John Hudson OBE DL; and the Mayor of Wolverhampton, Councillor Elias Mattu, before meeting Secondary students. He then headed to the CCF field to meet The Royal School’s air force and army cadets and to inaugurate the partnership between The Royal School and Colton Hills Community School, who will be forming their own contingent in due course. The CCF is an important element in providing outstanding personal development opportunities beyond the traditional curriculum.
On his previous visit to the School in September, 2012, The Earl of Wessex celebrated the 80th anniversary of the primary school. On this occasion, HRH spent a great deal of time speaking to students and witnessing the developments from a fee paying to a free school. As The Earl unveiled the plaque, he joked how funny it was to ‘Open’ a school that had been here for so long with him as the Patron!
The Royal School was founded in 1850 originally as an orphanage, and is now a free, co-educational, independent day and boarding school serving more than 1000 students across the Primary and Senior Schools. It is a unique school where students from the West Midlands, Great Britain and the world meet, learn, and achieve both academically and personally. It is a community in which each individual’s strengths are identified, nurtured, and celebrated in order to exceed each child’s expectations and to fully prepare them for a successful life beyond the school.
The final week of term will be a celebration of well-being through a host of character development activities. The week begins with the senior school sports day on Tuesday, 9 July.
On Wednesday, 10 and Thursday, 11 July, students will take part in a variety of house competitions and activities that will give them an opportunity to enhance a variety of skills such as leadership, teamwork, problem solving, creativeness and resilience through enterprise, drama and STEM activities to name but a few. During these days, students will also be off site taking part in a number of different activities that encompass our school values such as supporting community projects in the surrounding area and taking to the outdoors for some outdoor and adventurous activities. The school year is brought to a close on Friday, 12 July, with our final house competition. Students will need to use all their skills they have been developing throughout the year and during the week for this end of year extravaganza. We can’t tell you too much about the day as it will spoil the surprise!