HRH The Duke of Kent, KG officially opened the £18m Barnsley Sixth Form College campus on St Marys place yesterday.
His Royal Highness was introduced to some of Barnsley’s leading figures including Councillor Linda Burgess, Dan Jarvis member of parliament for Barnsley Central and Chris Webb the principle of Barnsley college.
The Duke was given a tour of the new campus by principle Liz Leek. He stopped to speak to current students around the college and also met with staff in the college’s library.
After his tour His Royal Highness unveiled a commemorative plaque in front of students and staff and was also invited to sign the visitors book by current A level student, Megan Tinker.
The Duke then sat to dine with his Royal Party at a dinner prepared by current Catering and Hospitality students.
Principle Liz Leek said, “It was a pleasure to welcome His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent to our college. The staff and students are extremely proud to be involved in this very special occasion.”
The £18m Sixth Form College campus has been open to students since January 2016 and in August celebrated an excellent set of A level results with a 100% pass rate in 24 out of their 27 available subjects.