Wednesday, March 28, 2012

News: Royal visit for RCAT


Staff and students at Rotherham College of Arts and Technology (RCAT) were given the royal treatment after a special visitor helped them celebrate the opening of their new building in Rotherham town centre.

His Royal Highness The Duke of York opened the new £7m Wentworth Building where he spent the morning touring the new facilities and meeting guests and students from around the local area.

In opening the building, The Duke of York followed in his father's footsteps as the Wentworth Building is connected by walkways to the nearby Clifton Building, which was opened by the Duke of Edinburgh, in 1961.

His Royal Highness was welcomed by dignitaries including the, the High Sheriff of South Yorkshire, The Master Cutler of Hallamshire, and the Mayor, Deputy Leader and the Chief Executive of Rotherham Council

He also met the Chair of the college's Board, Ken Barrass, staff members who were heavily involved in the development of the Wentworth Building and some of the college's longest serving members of staff.

Gill Alton, principal and chief executive of RCAT, had the honour of escorting His Royal Highness around the Wentworth Building and introduced him to students who showcased their skills and work.

Gill said: "It is a real honour for our newest building to be officially opened by His Royal Highness The Duke of York and his visit has made the occasion very special. Not only is it a celebration of a fantastic new educational facility for Rotherham, it is in recognition of the staff and students that make this college great.

"Students have played an important role in supporting the Royal visit by preparing demonstrations and acting as college photographers and ambassadors throughout the day. It has been a proud moment for everyone."

His Royal Highness listened to engineering students who showcased the "classroom on the roof" which features the solar panels responsible for the "green energy" used throughout the building.

Students in Games Animation, Theatrical Make-up and Plumbing were also visited by His Royal Highness where he talked to them about their work and their future careers.

The royal visited Herringthorpe Infants School in the morning to meet teachers, pupils and staff involved in the award-winning education programme, Rotherham Ready.

RCAT website

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