Pupils at Springfields Academy in Calne were given an insight into the life of High Sheriff of Wiltshire, William Wyldbore-Smith, when he visited them.

Mr Wyldbore-Smith and his wife Prisca toured the school, which helps children with complex learning difficulties, and met some of the pupils.

He saw progress being made on the £2.8m project for 16 new classrooms, had lunch in the canteen and met school governors.

Associate principal James Lynch said: “It was a very positive visit. He has been before and was catching up with where we were and the new building. He met the primary class who have been doing a bit of history.

“He had his sword and dress code so he was able to talk about the history of High Sheriffs, his role in Wiltshire and being appointed. They had lots of questions for him and enjoyed his visit.”

Mr Wyldbore-Smith said: “The school’s work is absolutely vital and the results it can achieve for young people are quite remarkable.

“The staff are so dedicated and I spoke to some really charming children.”