The Coalition government is a huge promoter of Academy schools; in fact thousands of schools this year have converted to the self-governing status. It is thus without any surprise that the Royal Family are being drafted in to promote the government’s agenda.
The Department for Education said last year that the Government would continue to use academy status to turn around poor performing schools. Since this statement was made many schools have opted to become academies due to the financial independence that they can yield from local authorities.
HRH Princess Beatrice of York opened the Trinity Academy in Halifax, West Yorkshire by unveiling a plaque in a solo-engagement to the area.
The 24-yearold royal was extremely popular with the students who provided both laughter and applause as Her Royal Highness admitted that she wished that she had come “to a school like this.”
Dubbing the new wing of the Trinity Academy as an “incredible space”, Princess Beatrice thanked the audience for “bringing the community together” and for providing “the most amazing opportunities” for the young people of today.
Despite the Princess’s popularity, charm and note-less speech the opening did not go completely to plan as the mini-curtain covering the plaque collapsed. In her quick thinking the princess managed to catch it before continuing with improvisation that would have made her Grandmother The Queen most proud.
The students, teachers and community of an Academy in Halifax will certainly never forget the day that a royal came to town in support of their school.