Potters Bar schoolkids have the X factor!

PUBLISHED: 07:01 09 February 2009 | UPDATED: 21:39 26 October 2009

The youngsters with Top Hat principal Warren Bacci, back left, and Liz Paffley, Yvette Statham and Eddie Roach, of Hertsmere Borough Council

The youngsters with Top Hat principal Warren Bacci, back left, and Liz Paffley, Yvette Statham and Eddie Roach, of Hertsmere Borough Council

IT'S official… Potters Bar schoolchildren Jack Fox, James Hodge and Amber Todd have the X factor! In conjunction with Hertsmere Borough Council and Top Hat Stage School, the children have each been awarded a prestigious scholarship to the drama institutio

IT'S official... Potters Bar schoolchildren Jack Fox, James Hodge and Amber Todd have the X factor!

In conjunction with Hertsmere Borough Council and Top Hat Stage School, the children have each been awarded a prestigious scholarship to the drama institution.

They all took part in auditions to show off their talents in dance, drama and singing, with a chance of winning the one-year scholarships, worth £780 each.

The talented youngsters were officially acknowledged by Hertsmere deputy mayor Eddie Roach at a presentation evening last month at Elm Court Community Centre in Potters Bar.

Warren Bacci, principal of Top Hat Stage School, said: "This is the first time we have ever given away a year's scholarship before.

"I was very excited at the prospect of giving these places away to talented children who may not otherwise be able to afford attending a stage school."

All the winners are at schools in Potters Bar.

Jack, seven, who goes to Oakmere Primary School, said: "I'm just so happy to win the Top Hat audition.

"I've never done anything like this before and when I grow up I want to be just like my idol Elvis!"

James, 10, of Cranborne Primary School, said: "Acting is quite new to me.

"I've only ever done a few things at my school and I couldn't believe that I was chosen.

"I am so chuffed!"

Mount Grace pupil Amber, 12, said: "I was so shocked that I was picked! I can't wait to get started at Top Hat.

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