South East Wales

Prince Charles visits pupils and medics in Merthyr Tydfil

Prince Charles at Pen-y-Dre High School, Gurnos, Merthyr Tydfil Image copyright PA
Image caption Prince Charles was invited to see pupils during English and maths lessons at Pen-y-Dre High School

The Prince of Wales has been visiting south Wales to see how teachers are helping inspire pupils on one of Wales' most deprived housing estates.

Prince Charles went to Pen-y-Dre High School at Gurnos in Merthyr Tydfil, where some of its teachers are part of the Teach First initiative.

The prince is patron of the charity, which aims to train teachers to become "inspirational classroom leaders".

He then went to meet medics at the Keir Hardie University Health Park.

Opened in 2012, the £35m facility hosts health and social care services along with an academic centre.

"This teaching facility reaches out to medical students in the first two years of their medical training," said Dr Christopher Jones, Chairman of Cwm Taf University Health Board.

"It opens a window for them to experience in their formative years the needs, values and joy of serving our Welsh valley communities.

"On behalf of all our partners we are delighted to welcome His Royal Highness to this world class facility."

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Image caption A damp start - but a warm welcome at Pen-y-Dre, where pupils from Pantysgallog Primary School were waiting to greet the prince
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Image caption 'The King' and the future King - Prince Charles meets young Elvis impersonator Rhys Berry at Pen-y-Dre High School
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Image caption The prince later met medics at the Keir Hardie University Health Park - and was given the chance to don a stethoscope himself

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