We were extremely honoured and proud to welcome Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall to officially open The Hoyland, our new teaching and learning centre, named after our former headmaster, Philip Hoyland and his wife Henrietta.
Their Royal Highnesses were welcomed by Headmaster, Neal Bailey and his wife Nicola, and Deputy Headmaster, Colin Acheson-Gray. They were also accompanied on the visit by the Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire, Mrs Sarah Troughton, and Deputy Lieutenant of Oxfordshire, Brigadier Dennis Blease.
The weather could not dampen our spirits as the whole school waited to greet Their Royal Highnesses, as they made their way down to The Hoyland, where they were met by Mr and Mrs Hoyland. Once in The Hoyland, Their Royal Highnesses witnessed children in Middle School rehearsing for the afternoon’s poetry competition, and chatted to children and teachers in each of the classrooms.
Mr Hoyland thanked Their Royal Highnesses for very kindly agreeing to open The Hoyland, and after the unveiling of the plaque, he rang the new Middle School bell, much to everyone’s great delight!
Over a cup of tea in the Drawing Room, Their Royal Highnesses were introduced to the Chairman of Governors, Robin Badham-Thornhill; Vice-Chairman, Jim Campbell; architect, Ingrid Petit, and the school’s Senior Leadership Team.
Before leaving, the youngest child in the school presented a posy of flowers to The Duchess of Cornwall to thank Their Royal Highnesses for their visit.
This was an extremely special occasion and a great moment in the history of the school, and will be remembered by us all for a very long time.