Ratcliffe College’s new £4.5m preparatory school gets royal seal of approval

The Duke of Gloucester is enthusiastically welcomed by Union Jack waving Ratcliffe College pupils EMN-150304-142925001
The Duke of Gloucester is enthusiastically welcomed by Union Jack waving Ratcliffe College pupils EMN-150304-142925001

Ratcliffe College pupils and staff were delighted to welcome The Duke of Gloucester to officially open their new £4.5m preparatory school.

The state-of-the-art Ratcliffe College Preparatory School, which opened its doors last September, provides the latest and best technology and teaching facilities for children aged 3-11.

Union Jack waving pupils and staff greeted the Duke on his arrival, with preparatory school pupils also welcoming him by singing ‘I Believe’.

The Duke was met by headmaster Gareth Lloyd, preparatory school headmaster Father Christopher Cann, the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Charnwood, together with governors and staff.

Architect David Franklin, who designed the new building, talked about his project with the Duke, who took a great interest, having previously trained in architecture.

The Duke was then given a tour of the new building during which he enjoyed interacting with pupils as they baked chocolate brownies in the science and food technology classroom, designed Puginesque tiles in the bespoke arts and crafts studio and performed samba drums in the music room.

Mr Lloyd said: “We were honoured by presence of The Duke of Gloucester. It was wonderful to share with him the vibrancy of this exceptional community within this award-winning facility.”