Royal visit for academy pupils
THE Duke of York will be finding out how businesses are helping with the education of students when he visits an academy in Staffordshire this week.
Prince Andrew will also be chatting to pupils and staff at The JCB Academy, Rocester, and getting a tour of the impressive school building.
The visit takes place this Thursday and will see the duke present certificates to some of the organisations that have supported the academy since it opened in September 2010.
Students spend much of their time working on projects set by these companies, so they can put their engineering knowledge into practice.
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Among the firms supporting the school are JCB, Rolls Royce, Bentley, Nestle, KMF, WD Tankers, and B&B Tractors.
Academy principal Jim Wade said: "We are delighted that The Duke of York has chosen to visit us.
"It is a fantastic opportunity to highlight the excellent progress being made by our students and to honour the support being given to us by companies from across the region."
The academy caters for 14 to 19-year-olds and is aimed at equipping them with the skills for careers in engineering and business.
It has also earned recognition as England's first official university technical college.