The Earl of Wessex went back to education on Friday 10th October as he travelled to Nuneaton to officially open a new creative arts building at King Edward VI sixth form college.
The £1.1 million building now offers a photography studio, recording studios, a media suite and a film studio and it replaces temporary classrooms that were being used whilst the new building was under construction.
The Earl of Wessex was treated to a tour of the new classrooms as well as the chance to get a first glimpse of some of the new studios and facilities. When it came to the customary plaque unveiling Prince Edward, having unveiled countless plaques, tried to make the reveal that little more exciting by advising staff and students to pretend it was the best thing they had ever witnessed.
John Connearn , a student at King Edward VI college, spoke positively of Edward’s visit, “I was quite nervous but I didn’t need to be because he was very relaxed and positive.” John, along with other students, showed Prince Edward some of the new equipment in one of the recording studios used for the music technology course.
It wasn’t just the students who spoke highly of Prince Edward’s visit, Principal of King Edward VI college Esther Maughan had this to say, “It is with great pleasure that we host a visit from the Earl of Wessex to celebrate the opening of a new building for King Edward VI college.”
The new creative arts building was funded by the Education Funding Agency and work started in September 2013 and in April 2014, the job was completed by Wembrook Builders.
Throughout the entirety of his visit, Prince Edward was on hand to wish all the students the best of luck with their studies and urged them to enjoy the benefit of their new building and its facilities.
Esther Maughan concluded, “I would like to express my thanks for the patience shown by all of our neighbours and I hope that they feel the benefit of a much improved vista as the new buildings bring a fresh look to King Edward Road as well as to King Edward VI college or KEGS as we are popularly known.”
The Earl of Wessex was joined at the college by other special guests including the Mayor of Nuneaton and Bedworth, Councillor Brian Hawkes and his Wife Diana, as well as the MP for Nuneaton, Marcus Jones.
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