We were delighted to welcome HRH the Duke of Gloucester to Downlands this morning to officially open the first part of our new building project.
HRH the Duke of Gloucester was joined by Mrs Susan Pyper, the Lord-Lieutenant of West Sussex as well as Mr Lionel Barnard, Chairman of West Sussex County Council, Cllr Bruce Forbes, Chairman of the Mid Sussex District Council, Ms Kathryn Hall, Chief Executive of Mid Sussex District Council and Mrs Diana Hunt, Chair of Governors at Downlands.
After a tour of the new facilities, during which HRH the Duke of Gloucester visited a Samba Band lesson with Year 9, a Computer Science lesson with Year 8 and a French lesson with Year 11 as well as meeting members of the Pupil Voice Committee and the Eco Committee on the tour, he officially opened “The Rose Hetherton Building” named in honour of our former headteacher.
Mrs Hetherton who retired as headteacher in 2016, has been helping coordinate the new build and we are delighted to have this lasting tribute to her dedication and enthusiasm for the school.
It was a lovely morning for the students and staff at Downlands.