A girl group about to hit the big time visited a school to talk to teenagers about fulfilling their dreams.
StooShe are sitting at number five in the official midweek chart after releasing their single Love Me, featuring US rapper Travie McCoy.
The R&B group visited Rushden Community College in Hayway yesterday as part of a whistlestop tour of the country to promote the single.
The trio have previously hit the headlines for their controversial lyrics and outspoken attitude.
During their visit to the school, StooShe performed three songs including their single, and took part in a question and answer session with pupils.
The school’s extended services co-ordinator Jo Holmes, who organised the visit, said: “Their management approached us as they are doing a schools tour as part of their record deal.
“The pupils loved them but all of our teachers were also very keen.
“They took part in a question and answer session and their over-riding message was that if you work hard, you can be anything you want to be.
“We also heard a bit about the story of how they got together.”
The group arrived at the school in their customised pink bus to be met by a welcoming committee of five pupils who are doing their Duke of Edinburgh Award.
They then performed their songs for 400 screaming Year 10 and 11 pupils.
Miss Holmes added: “It’s the first time we’ve had a concert like this in school. It all went really well and I think we’d definitely do it again, but maybe not at 9am as the students were fairly overexcited for the rest of the day.”
The three members, Alexandra Buggs, Karis Anderson and Courtney Rumbold, are all from London and were scouted early in 2011 by record company bosses in Topshop before going through an audition process.
Their name has its roots in urban slang, and means expensive, or a girl who thinks she’s nicer than she is.
In December, StooShe were nominated for the BBC’s prestigious Sound of 2012 award, with previous winners including Adele, Ellie Goulding and Jessie J.
Their single Love Me was recently record of the week on DJ Scott Mills’ Radio 1 drive-time show.