Students had the opportunity to meet two of the only living recipients of Britain's highest award for valour.
St Helen's School in Northwood was visited by two Nepali Gurkha veterans, Hon Lt Tul Bahadur Pun VC, 85, and Hon Sgt Lachhiman Gurung VC, 91, who wear the Victoria Cross in recognition of their service in Burma during the Second World War.
They were joined by human rights lawyer, Martin Howe, who gave a presentation outlining their campaign to win the right to settle in Britain, as well as that of 2,000 other British Army Gurkhas.
Flying Officer Tricia Cullen, the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) co-ordinator at St Helen's and organiser of the visit, said: "To say that I'm honoured to meet these very special guests does not go half way to expressing how I really feel about the presence of these remarkable men in our school."
The Gurkha veterans were given a tour of the school by Year 13 CCF students.
Mary Morris, headteacher at St Helen's, said: "The girls were enchanted. You could have heard a pin drop and the Gurkhas were given a standing ovation afterwards.
"To have this opportunity for them to appreciate not only the sacrifice these men made for our country but also an understanding of the history and of the Victoria Cross was an amazing opportunity."
Immigration rules previously stated that Gurkhas who retired from the British Army before 1997 did not have sufficiently close ties to Britain and no automatic right to live here.
But after a long battle, immigration minister Liam Byrne reversed the decision to refuse Mr Pun's application and both he and Mr Gurung now live in Hounslow.