Royal opening for Midmill

The Princess Royal unveils the plaque at Midmill School
The Princess Royal unveils the plaque at Midmill School

A new £11.5million school in Aberdeenshire has been given the Royal seal of approval.

Midmill School in Kintore was officially declared open last Wednesday.

The ceremony was performed by the Princess Royal who unveiled a commemorative plaque.

Midmill opened its doors in November and is currently attended by two new classes of its own, as well as pupils from nearby Kinellar Primary School while a new replacement school for them is being built.

The Royal visitor was carrying out a round of engagements in the area.

She was presented with a bouquet by Midmill pupil Rachel Mannall, 5, and was welcomed by Lord Lieutenant of Aberdeenshire James Ingleby, Aberdeenshire Provost Hamish Vernal and head teacher Scott Calder.

The Princess was given a tour of the 540-capacity school.

East Garioch Councillor Martin Ford, who campaigned for a second school to address the rising roll and overcrowding at Kintore School, said later: “I’m delighted with the new Midmill School building. It’s just great. An attractive, modern appearance outside, bright and colourful inside with decorative artwork – a really excellent learning environment for pupils and staff.

“Midmill School is a great addition to the community.

“The official opening marked the end of the long process of bringing the school into being - and the beginning of the new building’s working life.

“I’d like to thank the contractors and everyone else involved in designing and building the school for a first-class result.”

Earlier, the Princess Royal visited the Royal Northern Spring Show at Thainstone.

She is patron of the Royal Northern Agricultural Society, organisers of the event, which attracted thousands of visitors.