The Duke of Edinburgh paid a visit to his old school in April 1996, and laid the foundation stone for the new science block.
A time capsule containing the Newbury Weekly News and other items was buried by His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh when he visited Cheam (then Known as Cheam Hawtreys) School on Monday 22 April 1996. The Duke was a pupil at the Headley school from 1930 to 1933 and made the visit at his own request after he was unable to attend the school’s 350th anniversary celebrations in 1995.
After being greeted by the headmaster Mr Christopher Evers the Duke headed to the school chapel for a reception, stopping to chat with pupils along the way. After queueing up with pupils in the dining room for lunch, the Duke toured the school grounds and buried the time capsule, which will be dug up on 20 February 2020.
The Duke joked he expected all the boys present on the day to return and help him unearth it. The foundation stone for the school’s new science block was then laid. The Duke returned in 2013 to open the new art, technology and design department, which was named after him.
Prince Charles was a pupil there from 1957 to 1962.