Watchfield Primary School receive visit by HRH The Princess Royal

Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal visited Watchfield Primary School on Wednesday 9th March 2022 as part of her visit to Oxfordshire and the Defence Academy.

The Princess Royal was received by her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, Mrs Marjorie Glasgow, who presented:

The Deputy Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, Ms Jane Cranston

The CEO of Faringdon Learning Trust, Mr. Duncan Millard

Headteacher of Watchfield Primary School, Miss Georgina Wintle

Chair of the Board of Governors, Watchfield Primary School, Mr. Ian Wright, who presented:

Station Commander, Defence Academy Shrivenham, and Associate Member of Governing Body, Wing Commander Leonie Boyd.

The Princess Royal enjoyed a tour of the school and meeting the pupils. The tour gave her the opportunity to view the facilities including:

  • Library/Sensory room
  • Attending the English as an Additional Language (EAL) classroom
  • She visited groups of children in the main hall who excitedly told them about the programmes and activities they have been working on that embody the ‘Aspirational’ part of the School’s vision
  • Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Finally, she was invited to plant a tree for The Queen’s Green Canopy. The Cherry Tree was planted with the help of three pupils from the School’s Eco Council;

The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) is a unique tree planting initiative created to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022 which invites people from across the United Kingdom to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee”. Find out more here.

Watchfield Primary School is part of the Faringdon Learning Trust.

CEO of Faringdon Learning Trust, Duncan Millard said:

“It was wonderful to welcome HRH Princess Anne to Watchfield School so that she could see and experience what a very special school it is. You could easily see how proud the staff and pupils were of their school and how much they wanted to share this with Princess Anne.  What a lovely memory for everyone involved”. 

Headteacher of Watchfield Primary School, Georgina Wintle said:

It was a privilege to welcome HRH The Princess Royal to Watchfield Primary School, to learn more about our unique and wonderful school and to find out exactly what it is that enables us to ‘SOAR’.  We were very proud of all the children who were able to showcase how they are Successful, Original, Aspirational and Resilient”.

Following her visit to the school, The Princess Royal proceeded to Shrivenham Memorial Hall where she was meeting the COVID-19 Resilience Group. As part of that she was presented with a posy by two Shrivenham Primary School pupils.

Shrivenham Primary School is also part of the Faringdon Learning Trust.