Prince Edward and Sophie arrive at a wind swept Hunstanton school on Friday. Picture: Tony Jones.

A school extension was given the royal seal of approval on Friday with a visit from the Earl and Countess of Wessex.

Prince Edward and his wife Sophie toured Hunstanton Primary School in Collingwood Road, which is the site of the amalgamation of the infant and junior schools.

The countess cut a ribbon to mark the official opening of the extension to the former Redgate Junior School.

The new-build has resulted in two extra classrooms and alternations to a third classroom.

Pupils moved into the new building on November 2 and headteacher, Nigel Harvey, said they had settled well and were finding their way around the new building.

“Certainly the children have adapted very well,” he said.

As well as touring the new building, the royal couple visited all classes in the school and spoke to pupils.

They also visited the library and met governors and members of the school council.

Towards the end of their visit, the earl and countess went into the hall where they were entertained by the choir.

“It was a very successful visit. They arrived together and then went into different classrooms,” said Mr Harvey.

Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Norfolk, The Countess of Romney, greeted the couple, whose visit lasted around an hour. Well-wishers also waited outside the school gates to welcome the couple.