Video: Leeds school’s flashmob to honour singer Jessie J

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It was not about the money, money, money for students at a west Leeds school on their final day of term.

Youngsters at Pudsey Grangefield held their own special party to honour pop songstress Jessie J after she recently pulled out of one of the biggest parties in Leeds this summer.

Almost 1,000 pupils gathered on the last day of term to perform their own flash-mob style dance to Jessie J’s smash- hit single Price Tag.

The children, aged between 11 and 16, are hoping to raise hundreds of pounds to help fund a Ugandan student in a partner school to attend university.

The idea was the brainchild of headteacher Ken Cornforth who heard about his pupils’ disappointment at not being able to see the singer at Party in the Park.

Pupil Tino Sibanda, 15, who helped to teach the whole school the dance routine, said: “It was a great idea.

“It was so cool to see everyone dance at the same time – including the teachers.”

Fellow pupil Abby Sheldon took to the mic and sang the hit during the synchronised playground performance.

The Year 10 pupil added: “I was a bit nervous at first about singing in front of everyone but it was great.”

They were watched from the sidelines by local MP Stuart Andrew and even the school’s dinner ladies took time out to take part in the routine.

Headteacher Mr Cornforth was delighted with the performance and said: “It just looked fantastic and it was a brilliant way to sign off the year.

“Students have been practising in secret assemblies over the last few weeks and you could really feel the team effort of the whole school coming together.”

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