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Video: Prince Edward officially opens new £18m Strathearn School

Prince Edward got a pop star-style welcome from hundreds of screaming girls when he arrived to officially open the new £18m Strathearn School in east Belfast. And it was 22 years to the very day since his last visit to the school when he was there to officially open their new sports hall.

The Earl of Wessex spent 90 minutes at the school, just off the Belmont Road, undertaking an extensive tour of most departments - casually chatting to many of the pupils.

Principal David Manning said: "It's a huge day for the school and it's been made even more special because of the way The Prince was so friendly and interacted with the pupils."

Strathearn School opened in 1929 with just 63 pupils. Currently the all-girls grammar school has 781 pupils in the secondary department and a preparatory department of 133 pupils drawn from a wide ranging catchment area.

It is one of the top girls’ grammar schools in Northern Ireland with a national reputation for academic success. It is locally renowned for music, sport and drama and in 2012 was named Sunday Times NI State Secondary School of the Year.

The new school build was completed last December at a cost in excess of £18m and provides pupils with a superb learning environment.

Credit: Belfast Telegraph

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