Princess Royal welcomed to March school

The Princess Royal during her visit to Neale Wade Academy, March

The Princess Royal during her visit to Neale Wade Academy, March

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A Royal visitor was given a warm welcome to the Neale Wade Academy in March.

The Princess Royal toured the school in Wimblington Road on Wednesday when she chatted to pupils and teachers.

Her visit was organised to recognise the school’s progress after undergoing dramatic improvements.

The Princess Royal visited the academy in recognition of its progress and transformation under the leadership of principal Jason Wing.

She met with various groups of youngsters and observed teaching sessions while touring the site with Mr Wing.

The Princess, a keen horsewoman, also met with the school’s show-jumping team.

She gave a short speech in the hall before unveiling a plaque to commemorate the occasion. Mr Wing said: “The visit was a great success, enjoyed by the academy’s staff and students as well as the Princess Royal.”

Members of the 1220 (March) Squadron Air Cadets and March Army Cadets, who are all pupils at the school, welcomed the Princess to the Academy by forming a Guard of Honour.

Once inside the Academy Assembly Hall, four cadets had been pre-selected to greet and talk to the Princess.

Cadet Flt Sgt Alexander Macrae, 18, a sixth form student at the academy, said: “It was a huge honour for all of us to be invited to welcome Princess Anne.

“What made it even more special was that she talked to each of us, and was really interested about our time within the Air Cadets.”

Brandon Casson-Rennie, 15, who has just completed his bronze Duke of Edinburgh award said: “Princess Anne asked me what my biggest achievement is so far within air cadets, and I replied that it was achieving my bronze Duke of Edinburgh award.

“I also told her that I have started my silver award recently. I am definitely going to complete my silver award and then going all the way for the gold award.”

Neale-Wade Academy is sponsored by the Active Learning Trust.

Clive Bush, chief executive of the trust, said the visit was a great achievement for Mr Wing and his team.

He said: “Having worked with Mr Wing over the course of the last 18 months, I’ve seen first-hand the amount of hard work and determination that he has put into the academy, and am delighted that his efforts have been recognised with a Royal Visit.

“I am sure that Neale-Wade will continue to grow from strength-to-strength, maintaining its important role in the March community.”