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TV and radio star Rochelle Humes returns to Romford performing arts college she trained at

PUBLISHED: 15:00 12 October 2017 | UPDATED: 15:02 12 October 2017

The Saturday's Rochelle Humes with students at the CPA Studios in Romford.

The Saturday's Rochelle Humes with students at the CPA Studios in Romford.

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Havering’s young stars in the making were wowed by a visit from a pop star last week when former student Rochelle Humes returned to her old performing arts college for the day.

Rochelle, television star and former member of The Saturdays, has been a patron of Colin’s Performing Arts (CPA) studios in North Street, Romford since 2012.

On Friday, the former S-Club 8 singer returned to her old performing arts school to meet pupils and give them some industry tips.

The 28-year-old star, who is a former student at Upminster’s Coopers’ Company & Coborn School, wowed her audience with a morning full of wonderful stories and incisive advice and is offering one student a full scholarship on CPA’s Level 6 course.

She said: “CPA have always been there for me through my training and performing career. I am very proud to be their patron.

“I want to give someone the opportunity to receive the training that I was lucky enough to have had.”

A number of the school’s current pupils were also able to perform for Rochelle.

Alex Easterbrook, a third year student, said: “It was an amazing experience to perform in front of Rochelle. She told us to keep pushing through and work our hardest at all times. That has given me such a great mind-set to continue my last year here, being the best I can be.”

And Nick Crossley, the CPA’s head of dance, said it had been a “wonderful” day.

He added: “As an ex-student of CPA she provides invaluable insight into embarking on a career in the performing arts, and the students felt inspired and uplifted listening to her speak.

“She understands the necessity of passion, dedication and hard work to achieve success and we are very fortunate that she is able to pass this on personally to our students.”

And principal Colin Putz heaped further praise upon the star.

He said: “Rochelle is not just a professional commodity, she is also a wonderful person and I am delighted that she is more than a friend and that she is so passionate about the students of CPA Studios. I was honoured when Rochelle agreed to be our patron.”

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