Royal welcome for Countess on school's 80th birthday

The Countess of Wessex meets pupils at Fairfields School. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Pupils in Northampton were given a royal treat as part of their school's 80th birthday celebrations.

The Countess of Wessex visited Fairfields which caters for children with special educational needs.

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The school dates back to 1938 and now has 118 pupils with nearly as many staff.

It caters for children with all kinds of special educational needs, a natural progression from what it stood for in the beginning.

Karen Lewis, Headteacher, said: "Fairfields originally opened as an open air hospital school serving children that were described in those days as delicate and in need of nourishment.

"Over the years the needs of the children of changed but the caring spirit has remained."

The school's signing choir performed for the Countess of Wessex. Credit: ITV News Anglia

It is the third Royal visit to the school - the Countess follows in the footsteps of Princess Diana in 1988 and Princess Anne in 2001.

Mary Doveston, Chair of Governors, said: "It's a really exciting day for everybody because it is a sort of affirmation for all the wonderful work that this school does for children who have quite complex and severe needs."

The Countess of Wessex meets children at Fairfields School. Credit: ITV News Anglia