Northamptonshire - Class act sings praises of school extension
A teenage soprano who sold more than 29,000 copies of her first album after finding fame on the TV show Britain's Got Talent, has made a celebrity appearance: opening an extension to her own school.
Faryl Smith opened the new #163;625,000 dance studio and changing rooms at Southfield School for Girls in Kettering, Northamptonshire, last week.
The extension was particularly welcome since pupils had previously been forced to get changed in cupboards. Faryl, who is just 14 but has a #163;2.3 million record deal, said: "It is a fantastic facility for our school and will open up a lot of opportunities, not just for students but for people outside the school.
"I've got a younger cousin who comes here and she is only three. It is not just for the students, which is a nice thing. It is an honour to be opening something like this for my school. I live round the corner and have seen it getting bigger and bigger."
Senior teacher Janet Goodliffe said: "For 18 months the girls have been getting changed in cupboards. It has not been easy but now we have two fantastic changing rooms." ib.