A school celebrated its 21st birthday in style in the beautiful grounds of a country estate.

Pupils from Loddon School, which educates children with severe learning disabilities and autism, were invited to the Duke of Wellington’s estate in Stratfield Saye by the school’s patron Lady Antonia Douro to mark the special occasion.

The 160 guests, including all 28 pupils, their families, current and former staff and trustees, listened to steel band music and dressed in bright colours for the Caribbean-themed garden party.

School principal Lynn Young said: “It went really well. Lady Douro, the patron of our charity, gets quite involved with us and she wanted to host this party to celebrate 21 years of being open.

“The pupils really enjoyed it. There was a paddling pool for them and games and drumming, and we also gave out some staff awards for a variety of achievements and contributions.”

Loddon School, in Wildmoor Lane, Sherfield-on-Loddon, is a charitable trust that provides 24-hour care for its pupils, aged from eight to 18, who also live on the premises.