O2 concert treat for dedicated students

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A GROUP of Portsmouth students were rewarded for their hard work throughout the year with a free concert at The O2 Arena.

The gig featured chart-topping acts including Tinchy Stryder, Chipmunk and Britain’s Got Talent winners Diversity.

About 30 youngsters from St Edmund’s Catholic School in Landport aged between 11 and 16 were among 14,000 pupils and teachers from across the country who were treated to the star-studded Rock Assembly as an incentive to keep up the good work.

Amy Leonard, chief executive of children’s charity The Transformation Trust, which organised the event, said: ‘This year’s Rock Assembly absolutely exceeded our expectations.

‘To see and hear so many positive comments from all the pupils and teachers who attended is what it’s all about for us.’

The Trust gives hundreds of schools in deprived areas opportunities for extra-curricular activities they could otherwise not afford, to help raise aspiration and develop new skills.