Exeter school visit for The Earl of Wessex
THE Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward, is visiting Exeter's greenest school as part of his visit to the city on Tuesday, October 16.
His Royal Highness will officially open Montgomery Primary in St Thomas which has been formally certified as England's first zero-carbon school.
As previously reported, The Queen's youngest son will also visit the Royal Albert Memorial Museum where he will be given a guided tour of the Queen Street building, which was recently named Museum of the Year by the Art Fund.
The visit comes 10 months after the RAMM reopened to the public following a four-year closure and multi-million pound refurbishment.
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To mark the occasion, the Earl will unveil an inscribed plaque commemorating his visit, which will later be installed in the foyer of the garden entrance to the Museum.
His Royal Highness will also spend over an hour at Montgomery Primary, one of the greenest buildings in the UK which generates its own electricity from an array of solar panels on the roof, meeting pupils and staff.
The innovative, air-tight Passivhaus design means the school does not need a boiler to provide heating.
For most of the time, the building is warmed by the body heat of pupils and staff and the thick insulation keeps it cool in summer and warm in winter.
Montgomery is believed to be the first school in Europe to be both Passivhaus and zero-carbon.
Headteacher Martyn Boxall said staff and pupils were delighted about the Royal visit which will involve the Earl visiting the children during lessons and meeting some of the people involved in the design and construction of the building.
"We hope to make the event memorable for the children," he added.