Surrey Duke cuts ribbon at rebuilt schools

3rd July 2009 at 01:00

Christ's college and Pond Meadow schools in Guildford, Surrey, were officially opened by the Duke of Edinburgh last week.

The Bishop of Guildford, the High Sheriff and Lord Lieutenant of Surrey and the mayor of Guildford also attended.

Christ's College has been rebuilt on playing fields next to the old building. It has named its theatre after the Duke.

Pond Meadow School, which caters for pupils with severe learning difficulties aged two to 19, has a new Pounds 11 million building on a neighbouring site.

David Monk, head of Pond Meadow, said: "It was a brilliant visit. Prince Philip saw just about every pupil in school and every member of staff. We had activities running and he was really interested in what was going on.

"We were very concerned about moving, particularly about how our children with autism would react. But from day one, they have been brilliant. It has been designed really well. People say things like 'It doesn't feel like a school'."

Pond Meadow was inspected in March and rated as outstanding.

The single-storey building arranged around three courtyards - one now named after Prince Philip - has also won a Royal Institute of British Architects regional award. hw.

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