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The Royal School welcomed the Rt Hon Pat McFadden MP to school to officially open the new Sixth Form Centre. The development is a result of the extensive on-going facility development work that the Department of Education committed to undertake as part of The Royal’s move to a Free School in September, 2016.

Following the ambitious and successful growth programme in pupil numbers over the past three years, The Royal School’s exciting building programme, with significant government investment, is now entering the second phase developing first class learning and teaching facilities for pupils from five to 19. Phase one of the school’s development plan included, in addition to the Sixth Form, an upgraded Theatre and performance area, 11 new classrooms, and 3 fully equipped laboratories.  All will be in full use from September, 2019.

‘We are thrilled to have our new Sixth Form Centre in action and a brand-new Theatre and welcome our local MP Patrick McFadden to do the honours given the strong support we have received throughout our opening as a free school.  The building works continue – in September we expect to have 11 new classrooms, three new laboratories, improved toilets for boys and girls, and a brand-new pupil entrance off Goldthorn Road. Lichfield girls’ boarding house will also see upgrades to rooms and bathroom facilities,’ said Principal Mark Heywood.

At the centre of all that we do is our inclusive community where students study, play and live together harmoniously. This excellent contribution, combined with more than 95% of Year 13 pupils achieving their first choice university place last summer, indicates that in developing the ‘whole person’ in sport, drama, music and adventurous activity, young people at The Royal are also better placed to make the best of their opportunities to become well-rounded individuals with confidence and empathy for those around them.