Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton officially opened Lodge Park Academy in Corby today (Tuesday, May 7).
The Mercedes driver, 28, chatted to students and staff at the school in Shetland Way, took part in a question and answer session and unveiled a plaque.
He was shown round the school, which is part of the David Ross Education Trust, by students Lauren Honeyman and Callum Reilly, both 18.
Callum said: “He was really down to earth and said he was impressed with our school and its facilities.”
Lauren added: “He had lots of questions about the school, what we are studying and our career plans.”
Lodge Park became an academy in January and specialises in technology and sport.
Alison Hayes, its associate principal, said: “We are delighted that Lewis agreed to come to the school and perform the officially opening. It is a great day for Lodge Park. He inspired our students and it has been a day they will never forget.
“We held a question and answer session with 1,000 pupils in Lodge Park Sports Centre and he answered all the questions very skilfully.
“Organising the visit took a lot of hard work and planning and we had people in school over the weekend making preparations.
“I would like to thank everyone involved, including the staff. Our students behaved impeccably and Lewis was very impressed.”
During the morning the VIP guest met governors, representatives of Corby Council and other dignitaries.
He also presented pupils Jack Buchanan and Evan Williams with Grand Prix tickets, a reward for their outstanding work, attitude and contribution to school life.