Winner of BBC’s The Voice Jermain Jackman visits Kesgrave High School to perform new single How Will I Know and talk about National Citizen Service

Winner of The Voice 2014 Jermain Jackman visits Kesgrave High School talking about National Citizen

Winner of The Voice 2014 Jermain Jackman visits Kesgrave High School talking about National Citizen Service and his success. Pictured with year 9 pupils and staff and National Citizen Service staff from Ipswich - Credit: Lucy Taylor

Pupils at Kesgrave High School were treated to a visit from one of Britain’s rising stars of the music industry, when The Voice winner Jermain Jackman visited the school this week.

The singer, who won the BBC competition in 2014, performed upcoming single How Will I Know at the school on Monday, before talking about his experiences with the National Citizen Service (NCS).

Jackman’s visit, as part of a three week tour of schools, provided students with the opportunity to learn about volunteer and community projects with NCS, which the 19-year-old credits as being instrumental in him gaining confidence.

He said: “The last few years have been an incredible journey for me and I wanted to be able to share some of these experiences with students at Kesgrave High School, who are looking ahead to their own futures.

“For me, taking part in NCS in 2012 was a defining moment, helping me to develop the confidence to realise my ambitions. It’s an experience I would encourage everyone to say yes to.”

As part of the opportunities NCS provides, volunteers are able to take part in projects which are important to them through a series of two and three week programmes, with the aim of developing skills for 15 to 17-year-olds.

Lynsey Warfield, assistant head teacher at the school, said: “The visit from Jermain was a great opportunity for our students to see that the key to success is working hard both inside and outside of school.

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“Jermain’s journey saw him achieve great academic results while also building interests outside of education, which has enabled him to become the well-rounded individual he is today.”