Singing stars make a big difference to school

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CHILDREN at a special school were thrilled to be visited by X Factor’s favourite finalists – sibling duo Same Difference.

It made a ‘big difference’ to the girls and boys at Rachel Madocks School, in Eagle Avenue, Cowplain, when the crooning couple stopped by to give a pop concert.

Teachers say the event lifted the spirit of the whole school as everyone enjoyed a personal audience with Sean and Sarah Smith, who were brought up in Portsmouth.

Same Difference came to prominence in 2007 when they finished third in the fourth series of talent show X Factor.

One student among the crowd of two to 19-year-olds was Rhiannon Lilley, 15, who asked if she could join their band.

Her wish was answered sooner than anyone expected when Sean and Sarah invited her to get on stage and sing with them.

Jackie Sumner, headteacher, said: ‘There was not a dry eye in the house when Rhiannon danced in time to Sarah and Sean’s singing.

‘Rhiannon made the perfect backing dancer! We are very grateful to Same Difference taking the time and trouble to visit us and make a real difference to our school day.’

She added: ‘It was a memorable moment for not just Rhiannon but for all of us.’

Other pupils were given the opportunity to ask questions of the brother and sister.

Rachel Madocks is a day school catering for pupils with severe and profound and multiple learning difficulties and also autistic spectrum disorder.