Leona Lewis with headteacher Juliet Benis and Ambler pupils
Published: 15 June, 2012
by ANDREW JOHNSON
SINGING superstar Leona Lewis will be seen striking pupils dumb on Sunday as a BBC documentary follows her on a visit to her old primary school in Finsbury Park.
Leona, who made her name on The X Factor and has since sold millions of albums around the world, dropped in on Ambler Primary School in April for the BBC3 documentary Plan B, Leona and Labrinth: Project Hackney.
The programme follows the artists as they revisit the places where they grew up to explore the importance of family, diversity and neighbourhoods in the Olympic boroughs and how an inner-city life can provide – or take away – opportunities for young people.
Leona, 27, toured the Blackstock Road school, attended a science lesson and met members of staff who knew her from her time there.
Highlight for pupils came when Leona sang with the school choir.
During an assembly organised in her honour pupils talked about where they came from. A year-four pupil said the visit had made them feel “I can do anything when I’m an adult”.
Headteacher Juliet Benis said: “She inspired all the children to believe in themselves and follow their dreams.”
Plan B, Leona and Labrinth: Project Hackney is on BBC3 at 9pm on Sunday.