Heywood Preparatory School is bubbling with excitement at the prospect of a royal visit this afternoon.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, will tour the school, in Priory Street, Corsham, which her children, Tom and Laura, attended in the 1980s.

Co-principal Michael Hall said: “We are honoured the duchess will be coming to visit us and, as you would expect, we would like to make a big deal out of it.

“We wrote and asked if she would like to come to the school and see how it had changed and we are delighted she accepted our invitation.”

The school is hoping the Duchess of Cornwall will open the new all weather sports court being built on the site while she is there.

Following generous donations by pupils and staff, the school is also preparing to send 120 shoe boxes to chil- dren abroad as part of the Love in a Box appeal.

The school is taking part in the annual appeal established in 1991 to support under-privileged children in countries such as Bosnia, Croatia, Romania and Ukraine.

And as part of the Mustard Seed appeal, pupils have been collecting items such as toys, games and sweets for the children who are aged from two-years-old to teenagers.

Mr Hall said: “We have collected 120 boxes, which is a great effort. Now we are just waiting for them to be collected and shipped out for Christmas.”

On Friday, November 11 the school held a Remem-brance Service to commemorate current and former servicemen.

During the service pupils sang the National Anthem and held a two-minute silence.

Afterwards they talked about Help For Heroes, the school’s nominated charity for the year, and watched a screening of Royal British Legion clips.