Princess opens new £9m facility at Holbeach school

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It was a day the pupils will remember forever when Princess Beatrice visited University Academy Holbeach to open the school’s new £9 million facility.

The Princess visited the academy yesterday to tour the new building, which offers a modern learning environment for pupils and provides 3,500 square metres of additional teaching space.

It includes the academy’s first purpose-built sports hall, specialist Design Technology and Art facilities and 24 new classrooms were commissioned to replace the site’s original 1950s-era buildings.

The new facilities were completed in November last year they will enable the academy, which has been oversubscribed since it opened, to offer an additional 20 student places per year.

During the visit, Her Royal Highness unveiled a commemorative plaque and met with staff and students.

She also witnessed one of the academy’s Freshstart literacy lessons.

Speaking about the royal visit, Steve Baragwanath, principal at University Academy Holbeach, said: “We are delighted that Princess Beatrice was able to join us to celebrate the opening of our new building. We are extremely pleased with our new facilities and it was an honour to take our royal visitor on a tour and highlight how they are benefiting our pupils and staff.”