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Watch: Bradley schoolchildren welcome Duke of York to their Code Club

St Thomas CE Primary School children waved flags as Prince Andrew arrived in Bradley for a visit - take a look at our pictures and video

Duke of York visit to St Thomas' Primary School, Bradley. Children from the Infants school took their turn to meet the Duke as they formed the farewell party for the Duke.

 

The Duke of York got an invitation back to a Bradley school by its excited pupils.

The Duke was visiting St Thomas CE School in Bradley to see the school’s Code Club in action.

And Alfie Reed, a sports-mad year five pupil, said: “He was great, he can come back and visit us again.

“It was much better and exciting than I thought.”

Prefect Mubarrah Tanvir, a year six pupil, added: “I thought he was really nice and friendly.”

The Duke saw year five and six pupils creating code for games in his role as patron of the national Code Club, a network of coding clubs for children to develop IT skills.

Click below to see our picture gallery from the visit

 

With the help of Huddersfield University and its students, the Bradley school’s older children use coding to create games - and those games are tested by the young reception children who give feedback.

Former St Thomas’ pupil and current Huddersfield University vice-chancellor Bob Cryan helped set up the visit so the Duke could see the achievements of the young pupils.

Proud headteacher David Rushby said: “The visit was extremely significant as it means the children can access royalty and the Duke of York firsthand on what would have been a pretty ordinary Thursday in school.

“The pupils were great. They were themselves and although perhaps a bit star struck they were fantastic and I think they realise what an occasion it was.

“The Duke really seemed to enjoy himself and he spent a lot of time talking to the children and was warm and friendly with them, which was great to see.”

Ten-year-old Lola Lawal was one of those who talked to the Duke about coding and she said: “He was really nice and interested in what we were doing.”

And five-year-old Lewis Brown was pleased the Duke has swapped the grandeur of Buckingham Palace for his school for the day and said: “He lives in a big palace so it was good he came here.”

The Duke was welcomed by Mr Rusbhy, deputy head Kate Meade and acting chair of governors Lorraine Mitchell - along with 180 key stage two children waving flags.

He stopped to chat to them, asking about their favourite class and their teachers. After visiting the Code Club, he faced 230 cheering key stage one, nursery and reception children and he spent time talking to them too.

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