Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 9°C


Video: Jade Mayjean Peters is back in assembly as she visits Rushmere Hall primary school after her star performance on The Voice

19:00 25 February 2014

The Voice contestant Jade Peters sang at Rushmere Hall Primary School, her former school on Tuesday, 25 February.

The Voice contestant Jade Peters sang at Rushmere Hall Primary School, her former school on Tuesday, 25 February.

Suffolk’s latest singing sensation Jade Peters has gone back to school.


Having wowed all four judges in the blind audition stage of BBC talent show The Voice the 21-year-old took a step back in time by visiting Rushmere Hall Primary School.

Jade is a former pupil of the school in Lanark Road, Ipswich and was invited back to sing to the children on Tuesday.

But she wasn’t the only one performing at the two special assemblies.

Pupils from the nursery through to year six got the chance to show off their voices when they got the chance to sing to Jade.

And they also took their performance to another level by reciting a song in British Sign Language.

Alison Leveridge, a specialist music teacher at the school, said the children really enjoyed the morning.

“We were all really impressed with her and she was really good with the children,” said Mrs Leveridge.

“They were all very excited about it before she arrived. Lots of them know about The Voice and how the programme works so they were really looking forward to her coming.

“She did lots of songs the children could join in with and she also did some of her own material.”

Mrs Leveridge explained because the school has a hearing impaired unit they try to learn at least one song in British Sing Language each year.

And after the pupils had performed the song Jade took the chance to join in with them.

“She remembered lots of the songs she used to sing when she was here,” Mrs Leveridge added. “She was reminiscing quite a lot.

“She used to sing in the choir here and we’ve still got programmes with her name in from when she was here.”

The visit came about because Jade’s mum works at the school and Mrs Leveridge said the singer, who also went to Northgate High School, would be welcome to come along.

One thing led to another and ended in what is hoped to be the first of several appearances at Rushmere Hall.

Mrs Leveridge said: “She’s said she’s going to come back soon. She’s going to let us know when her next appearance on The Voice is and the children will all get behind her and vote.

“She’s worked really hard to get where she is and that’s an inspiration to the children. She’s definitely a good role model.”



solar panels

Proposals to install solar panels on 2,000 council homes across Ipswich have been abandoned after the Government announced it was changing the tariffs paid for renewable energy.

The Hippodrome Theatre, St Nicholas Street, Ipswich, in April 1955. The show then was “Oh What a Night”. Many of the shows after World War Two were cheeky events with shows like ‘Strippingly Saucy” “We Couldn’t Wear Less” and “Hotter Than Paris”.

David Kindred recently asked readers for memories of the building in St Nicholas Street, Ipswich, which was built as the Hippodrome Theatre and became the Savoy bingo and dance hall.

East Anglian Air Ambulance

A chimney sweeper remains in a critical condition with spinal injuries after falling from a roof in Combs yesterday.

Will  Ian Cumming be crowned Bake Off Champion 2015 tonight?

Tonight marks the grand final of the Great British Bake Off and viewers will watch as Ian Cumming, Nadiya Hussain and Tamal Ray battle it out for the Bake Off crown.

Ice skating could be coming to Felixstowe this Christmas.

Negotiations are taking place to see if an ice skating rink can be set up in Felixstowe town centre as part of the resort’s Christmas attractions.

Julie Harper, Hefin Jones, Melissa and Terry Purnell, David Twyman the team behind the reopening of the Three Mariners in Trimley St Mary

A village pub has been reopened after being bought by a group of business people with a heart for their community.

Pair claimed a neighbour in Wellington Street, Ipswich had a gun

A couple who sparked a full-scale armed police response over gun claims must pay £1,000 compensation to Suffolk Constabulary.

Highpoint Prison in Stradishall, Suffolk.

A BB gun and ammunition were found by an inmate at a prison in Suffolk.

Enjoying the sun at Needham Lake

Dog walkers will have to keep their pets on leads at a popular tourist attraction in Suffolk from next year.

Joe Underwood outside the new wildlife education hut in Christchurch Park.

A new outdoor learning space in Ipswich’s Christchurch Park is set to improve knowledge of Suffolk’s wildlife.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages