Flashback Friday: X-Factor boy band visit Beccles school (2013)

PUBLISHED: 10:00 16 November 2018

The article covering the show. Photo: Archant.

The article covering the show. Photo: Archant.


In Flashback Friday Enjoy Beccles More takes a look back at some of the town’s major stories and events from times gone-by.

This week we look back to 2013 when X-Factor boy band The Risk visited Sir John Leman High School.

The article below, written by David Lennard, first appeared in the Beccles and Bungay Journal on Friday, July 26, 2013.

On Friday last week Sir John Leman High School were joined by 2011 X-Factor Finalists The Risk for a very special performance.

The four-piece boy band, made up of Charlie Healy, Andy Merry, Derry Mensah and Ashford Campbell, successfully made it to Week 5 of series 8 of the X-Factor.

Within two days of leaving the competition, the band had booked 100 shows, and still hold the record for the most booked former contestants.

The performance took place at the Upper School hall for Years 8 and 9, where the students were treated to a live show from the group. They performed their debut single ‘Missiles’ which was produced by Pete ‘Boxta’ Martin who has worked with the likes of Jessie j and Alexandra Burke.

The afternoon was a complete success and was enjoyed by all the students and staff.

The Risk have now landed a major record deal and are currently working on their debut album. The group are currently performing at Pontins Holiday centre in Pakefield, and will be there every Friday throughout the summer holidays.

“Students at Sir John Leman High School experienced an interactive day which brought the real world into the classroom.

The day aimed to show Year 7 students how the subjects of science, technology and engineering and maths (STEM) can be used to solve problems in the real world.

This was demonstrated through a series of workshops from falconry to boat building, architecture and butchery.

Laura Ellis said: “We’re learning but it’s very hands on - we are not just sitting and being talked to.”

The youngsters also worked as teams to produce timber framed shelters, bath bombs and strings on sausages.

The school hopes that by seeing how relevant the subjects are, the students will be inspired to learn.

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