Children at a special school in Haringey gave a royal welcome to the Countess of Wessex yesterday.

Sophie Wessex chatted to students as she took a tour of The Vale School which is located within Northumberland Park Community School in Trulock Road.

The Vale supports young people with physical disabilities and special educational needs.

During her tour the Countess, who is patron of the London Children’s Flower Society, saw some of the flowers, vegetables and herbs the children have helped grow.

She was presented with a posy of flowers and was treated to a performance from the school’s band.

Sarah McLay, headteacher of The Vale School, said: “It was a pleasure to welcome Her Royal Highness and esteemed guests to our school. The Countess spoke to every student which made them feel very special.”

The Mayor of Haringey Councillor Sheila Peacock, who also attended the visit, added: “It was a really lovely occasion – all of the young people involved were absolutely buzzing and had been excited for days.

“I’m very proud of the achievements at The Vale and all of our special schools in Haringey that are rated by Ofsted as good or outstanding.”