Queen to officially open Harold Hill academy building

13:18 18 September 2012

The Queen is to visit Havering later this year. File picture: Stefan Rousseau/PA

The Queen is to visit Havering later this year. File picture: Stefan Rousseau/PA

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The Queen is to give a school in Havering the royal seal of approval when she officially opens its new building.

The monarch will be making her first visit to Harold Hill and her second visit to Havering when she calls at Drapers’ Academy in Settle Road on Friday, October 26.

Principal Matthew Slater said: “We are absolutely delighted that in this Jubilee year the Queen has found the time to visit the school and Harold Hill.”

The details of the visit, which was first revealed on social networking site Streetlife, have not yet been confirmed, but Mr Slater says that he wants all of the primary schools in the area to be involved.

Mr Slater invited the Queen to the school nine months ago and in August he found out that his invitation had been accepted. He broke the news to the students last week at a special assembly.

The Queen last visited Havering in 2003, and came close to the borough earlier this year when she visited Redbridge as part of her Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Last week, students at Drapers’ Academy were finally able to take a look around their new building almost two years since the Academy was formed.

The £24million campus forms part of Havering Council’s Harold Hill Ambitions programme, which aims to regenerate the area and improve the quality of life for residents.

The school also had a double celebration as pupils achieved their best ever GCSE results with a pass rate of 62 per cent for five GCSEs including English and maths, making it one of the fastest improving schools in the country.

Mr Slater said: “We have had record results this year and education has been transformed.

“We are just delighted that the children will get the chance to meet the Queen and it feels like its a reward for all the outstanding work the pupils and teachers have put in.”

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