The Earl of Wessex was given a tour of Castle Manor Academy and heard about the outdoor learning opportunities offered to students as well as the school’s work with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE).

The royal was shown around the academy’s outdoor learning space, including the new silkie chicken raising area and the school orchard and fruit garden.

Vanessa Whitcombe, Castle Manor Academy headteacher, said: “We were very excited to welcome HRH The Earl of Wessex and share with him all of the excellent things that we do at the school.

“We are delighted to have been chosen to have such a prestigious visitor come and see our school and our community.”