The Duchess of Kent returned to Beaconsfield High School, a girls grammar school, for the second time to help celebrate its 50th anniversary.
The Duchess officially opened the school on 3 October 1967, but this time she was there to officially open the new advanced science labs and reception area. The school’s labs were designed as university-level labs.
“We are so thrilled to have welcomed the Duchess of Kent back to Beaconsfield High School,” said Head Teacher Rachel Smith.
The Duchess also took in a performance of the three senior school choirs, a cello performance, and a strings performance. The Duchess of Kent has long been associated with music and plays the piano, organ and violin.
The Duchess founded Future Talent in 2004 to help young people excel at music, and remains actively involved with the charity and with other musical charities.
Per its official website, Future Talents works to help young people between the ages of 5 and 18 “who are clearly demonstrating outstanding musical ability or potential, but for whatever reason do not have the financial means to reach their goal.”
“After teaching music in a primary school in Hull for a number of years, Katharine Kent was aware that there were young people of considerable talent who were not being recognised or acknowledged,” the site continues.
The Duchess capped her visit to Beaconsfield High School by unveiling a new plaque in the reception area, one that sits below the plaque unveiled at its opening.
“It is a real honour to have her join us at a time of real evolution and development for the school,” said Smith.
“This celebration is our way of giving back to all the parents, staff, students, alumnae and the local community who have and continue to support the school in constantly improving on its happy, high achieving learning environment.”