The Duchess of Cambridge visits Reach Academy in Feltham for Place2Be

The Duchess of Cambridge visited the Reach Academy in Feltham today for her patronage Place2Be. The visit was the first official engagement in the new year for the pregnant Duchess, who is due to give birth to her third child in April. It’s been a very special week for the Duchess: on Monday, her daughter started nursery school and on Tuesday, she celebrated her 36th birthday.

The Reach Academy in Feltham is a school working in partnership with Place2Be and other organisations to support children and their families throughout their entire school career. Her Royal Highness has been a patron for the charity Place2Be since 2013. Place2Be, which is focussing on children’s mental health and giving children and their families support during childhood. Place2Be is a leading children’s mental health charity in the UK providing in-school support and expert training to improve the emotional wellbeing of pupils, families, teachers and school staff. The charity works directly with more than 280 primary and secondary schools across England, Scotland and Wales. Place2Be is also one of the Heads Together charity partners. Heads Together is a campaign started in 2016 to remove the stigma surrounding mental health issues and the Duke and Duchess and prince Harry have been working very hard for this campaign since its launch. Catherine was especially interested in children’s mental health and maternal mental health.

Reach Academy was opened in 2012. It is a small school that believes that communication between home and school is extremely important, and because of its relatively small size, the parents and children are able to get to know every other family in their year. The school serves pupils ranging from 2 years old to 12 years old and is working with several organisations like Place2Be to give the children and their families a lot of support.

The Duchess was very warmly welcomed by pupils at arrival. She chatted with them for a bit before entering the school building.

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In the nursery, Catherine had the opportunity to see the work Place2Be does for the youngest pupils in the school and met with parents to talk about their experiences.
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After her visit to the arts class, the Duchess had a quick tour through the school before joining staff from Place2Be in a discussion.

After the discussion, HRH went outside to see some of the animals trained for therapy sessions, such as a very cute dog.

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Inside the school again, Catherine had a meeting with some older students, discussing the various groups that are available for support in their school.

Her Royal Highness looked stunning in a new navy coat by Hobbs and a familiar floral dress (first worn when pregnant with princess Charlotte in 2015 by maternity brand Séraphine. Catherine also picked her sapphire drop earrings, her Stuart Weitzman Muse clutch and navy Jimmy Choo pumps to go with her blue outfit today.

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