PUPILS and staff at Campion School were recently treated to a royal visit.
Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, was welcomed in his role as patron of the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
The Prince arrived by helicopter, landing on the Leamington school’s playing field, where he was greeted by headteacher Jassa Panesar and Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire Timothy Cox.
During a tour of the school he planted an oak tree in Painting’s Plantation, the school’s nature reserve, where he met members of Age Concern Warwickshire, who maintain the site on behalf of the school.
He then moved on to the school’s construction centre, where pupils demonstrated the skills learnt in after-school lessons in painting and decorating, plastering and bricklaying.
He also met pupils undertaking bronze and silver levels of the Duke of Edinburgh Award, and those involved in rotary and Amnesty International.
Before leaving, the Prince took part in a Year 9 assembly, where pupils who had completed the bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award practice expedition talked about their achievements.
The Prince signed the school’s visitor book, spoke about his own experience of taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme and encouraged others to do the same.