The high Sheriff with staff and students at Smithdon High School. Pictures: Ian Burt.

The High Sheriff of Norfolk visited two West Norfolk schools as part of his countywide tour to discover the impact of the pandemic on education.

Pupils and staff at Hunstanton’s Smithdon High School and St Clement’s High at Terrington St Clement, welcomed Michael Gurney, who is also a Deputy Lieutenant for Norfolk.

He was accompanied by executive headteacher Andy Johnson who said Mr Gurney was very interested to discover how the schools had been affected over the last year.  

“The children and staff had a good chat with Michael regarding the impact of the pandemic, how schools have found solutions and how we are going to move forward,” said Mr Johnson.

The tour at St Clement’s High.

Mr Gurney thanked everyone for being so welcoming and helpful. He later posted on social media: “Thank you to all the teachers for all you are doing to inspire the young and keep everyone safe.”

A spokesman said Mr Gurney was also keen to discover if there was any help schools required as a direct result of Covid and the disruption caused by the pandemic.

Mr Gurney’s appointment is for a year to support the Crown and the judiciary. He is a former soldier, having served with the Blues and Royals. 

As deputy lieutenant for Norfolk, he supports the county’s Lord-Lieutenant Lady Dannatt.