X Factor winner visits Exmouth school

THE WINNER of the first series of X-Factor visited Exmouth Community College to help mentor students in music workshops.

Steve Brookstein, who won the popular reality TV show in 2004, mentored students in vocal sessions – just one of a number of special workshops which took place last Tuesday, July 6.

The sessions were organised by The Magnolia Incentive, a local charity that provides financial and pastoral assistance to ex-pupils of the college as they progress through further education.

Mr Brookstein, who said he enjoyed his visit to the school, achieved a UK number one album and single in 2004.

The charity’s conception has arrived through the endeavours of Mandy Parker, chair of trustees, and Martin Gill, co-founder and trustee.

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Speaking about its positive work, Tony Alexander, principal of Exmouth Community College, said: “I think it is a visionary, energetic and generous scheme.

“In the 40 years I have been in a school environment, I have never come across such an incentive in the state sector.

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“I am hoping that the many people who go on to find jobs and succeed in life will, at some point, plough some money back into the initiative.”

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