SCHOOL pupils watched in amazement as England’s rugby stars began their three-day training camp in Oxford.

Captain Dylan Hartley led the way as the players were put through their paces at St Edward’s School, in Woodstock Road.

Students lined the pitches to catch a glimpse of the team, who are top of the RBS 6 Nations Championship after victories over France, Wales and Italy.

Among them was the school’s first-team rugby captain Angus Atkinson, 18.

The A-Level student, who is studying maths, chemistry and Latin, said: “We went to watch during our break.

“It’s a real privilege to have your role models and idols playing and training just metres away from where you go to school every day.”

Elizabeth Dorey was also watching with keen interest.

The history, PE and biology A-Level student plays for England’s under 18 touch rugby side.

Miss Dorey, 18, said she was told on Monday the players would be training at her school.

She said: “I enjoyed watching Owen Farrell and George Ford in particular, because I look up to them as role models.

“To see them kicking during their cool down was amazing.”

England last used the school’s facilities in 2011 and are staying at the Randolph Hotel, Beaumont Street, as they prepare to face Scotland on Saturday, March 11.

Forwards coach Steve Borthwick said: “It’s a beautiful city and the school has been incredibly welcoming, so it’s a great place to come and train.”