Countess Visits Haringey

Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex (GCVO) was treated to a right royal welcome when she arrived for a blooming day out at Haringey Council’s special school – The Vale .

The royal visitor spent time at the secondary resource department for young people with physical disabilities and special educational needs, located within Northumberland Park Community School. 

Patron of the London Children’s Flower Society – an organisation that has been managing gardening competitions with local schools for over 60 years – The Countess chatted to students and staff from The Vale School and saw some of the recent award-winning work they do in growing flowers, vegetables and herbs. 

During the royal tour, music was played by the school band and The Countess met students in the Vale garden before being presented with a posy of flowers and signing a special visitors’ book. 

Sarah McLay, Headteacher of  Vale School, said: 

“It was a pleasure to welcome Her Royal Highness and esteemed guests to our school. We are very proud of our students for winning the ‘Alice Street’ Trophy awarded by the London Children’s Flower Society. This visit helped us to celebrate our school, and our students’ achievements, as well as the hard work of all the staff, including our gardening expert, Richard Tharp. The Countess spoke to every student which made them feel very special". 

Chairman of the London Children’s Flower Society, Mr Tony Comben, said:

”The students and staff of Vale School are to be congratulated on producing a truly inspiring display of flowers and vegetables.” 

Also attending the visit, Mayor of Haringey, Cllr Sheila Peacock, added

“It was a really lovely occasion – all of the young people involved were absolutely buzzing and had been excited for days. I’m very proud of the achievements at The Vale.”