Royal visit coming to Countess Gytha Primary School

Pupils and staff of Countess Gytha Primary school are thrilled and excited to welcome HRH The Countess of Wessex to visit the school on 1 November.

Her Royal Highness will be treated to a tour of the brand new school in West Camel, which houses staff and pupils from the former school site in Queen Camel, and was built following a £4million investment by Somerset County Council.

The Countess will meet school pupils and staff before planting a memorial tree in the school grounds in memory of the school’s late head teacher Sue English, who sadly passed away earlier this year.

Steve Chaudior, Chair of Governors at Countess Gytha Primary School, said: “We are really excited to welcome The Countess of Wessex to our school. We can’t wait to show HRH our brilliant new building and facilities. Our focus is on raising the quality of education and opportunity for every child. We want to show The Countess how we are making sure that all our pupils achieve their potential.”

Cllr Frances Nicholson, Cabinet Member for Children and Families at Somerset County Council, said: “It is fantastic news that The Countess of Wessex will visit the school to meet pupils and staff. The new school was built following flooding at the old school which was 140 years old. I am sure the children and staff will take great pride in showing The Countess around the light and modern building and facilities.”

The new Countess Gytha school, named after a former Countess of Wessex, is a modern single storey school building with a pre-school area, play areas, sports courts, and bike storage. There is a new pedestrian crossing on West Camel Road for the school and community. The car park at the new site has space for staff and visitor parking and an on-site drop off and pick up area for parents, minibuses, coaches and deliveries.