Singer Ella Eyre has thanked Millfield School for her scholarship, saying she never would have been able to attend the school without it.
She recently returned to her former school to accept an award for her work in music, which was chosen by the current year eight pupils.
She attended Millfield Prep and Millfield on a scholarship from 2005 to 2010.
Eyre said: “One of the great things about Millfield is that there are so many opportunities to find your next direction, and even though I pushed boundaries during my time at school, that didn’t get in the way of me being able to shine and pursue the things that I was good at.
I came to Millfield as a swimmer and found my passion for performing
“I came to Millfield as a swimmer and found my passion for performing, and I especially want to thank Millfield for giving me a scholarship to attend the school. Without that, my mum would have never been able to afford to send me there, and I would never have had the opportunities that I have had.”
She spent time with the current pupils in a Q&A session and attended an assembly, where she gave advice to those hoping to follow in her footsteps.
Headmaster Gavin Horgan said: “I am delighted that current and former Millfield pupils are able to look within their own ranks for inspiration and motivation, which exists in bucket loads in this community – this year’s awardees show the ways in which key skills in friendship, teamwork, commitment, leadership, passion and individuality can be found at Millfield, where there is something for everyone.”