The pupils at Heatherton House School in Amersham, Bucks, are excitedly preparing for an historic visit to the Berkhamsted School by their patron Her Majesty the Queen on Friday 6th May. The independent girls’ school, which is part of the Berkhamsted Schools Group, will join in the celebrations for this exciting occasion, which is marking the schools’ 475th year since its foundation.

HeathertonHouseHappyBirthdayERThis week, as part of the preparations for the big day and as a unique birthday gift to Her Majesty, the whole school formed the letters E R in the playground. Year 1 pupil Tabitha Ward said: “It was so much fun to make the letters together. The Queen works really hard, so she deserves lots of lovely surprises like this. We all can’t wait to see her in a few weeks’ time.”

Heatherton’s headteacher, Debbie Isaachsen, says: “Heatherton is thrilled to be a part of the Queen’s visit to Berkhamsted School on 6th May, and we have been preparing the pupils with lots of special events and lessons about Queen Elizabeth II and her reign. This will be an exciting and historic occasion for the Berkhamsted Schools Group as it is the first time, as far as records show, that a reigning monarch has visited.”