By Andrea McCallum
SUSAN Boyle proved to be a class act when she returned to her old school in Blackburn – much to the delight of stunned pupils and staff.
The album-chart topper appeared unannounced at the official opening of her former secondary school’s £19 million refurbishment.
And the global superstar was given a grand tour of the new facilities before wishing the school well and speaking to the kids.
Smartly dressed in a double breasted black Mac – complete with gold buttons – the 43-year-old was led through Saint Kentigern’s Acadmey’s renovated library, dance studio and remodeled technology department.
The extension was opened by the Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh, Cardinal Keith O’Brien, with the unveiling of a plaque on Wednesday.
Cardinal O’Brien said: “Having visited St Kentigerns’ regularly during my 24 years as Archbishop, I was amazed at the change which has taken place with the refurbishment and extension.
“It does provide additional wonderful opportunities for the young people who will benefit at St Kentigern’s Academy in the years which lie ahead.
More than 1,400 pupils will now be on the attendance role making it the largest school in SuBo’s home county, West Lothian.
Susan laughed and joked with local councilors, staff and pupils whilst maintaining that famous grin throughout the visit.
The Britain’s Got Talent phenomenon even took time to drop in on a music class – hopefully to give some of the pupils a few tips and hints to get them on their way to stardom.
Head teacher Stephen Campbell said: “We are all delighted with our new environment.
“There really isn’t an area of the school that hasn’t been upgraded the changes and improvements are fantastic and everything was completed within 18 months – a remarkable achievement.”