YouTube stars make special guest appearance at old school

PUBLISHED: 15:34 16 September 2016 | UPDATED: 15:34 16 September 2016

SORTEDfood from left to right: Barry Taylor, Jamie Spafford, Ben Ebbrell and Mike Huttlestone

SORTEDfood from left to right: Barry Taylor, Jamie Spafford, Ben Ebbrell and Mike Huttlestone

DAN ROSS

Four friends and social media stars who met 18 years ago at a school in Brookmans Park returned for the annual prize-giving ceremony.

Josh Over being given the overall achievement award by SORTEDfoodJosh Over being given the overall achievement award by SORTEDfood

YouTubers SORTEDfood - Barry Taylor, Ben Ebbrell, Jamie Spafford and Mike Huttlestone- met as pupils at Chancellor’s School and have remained close friends, as well as attracting 11 million views per month of their cookery based YouTube channel.

SORTEDfood have also won two awards, released two cook books and developed their own SORTEDfood app since leaving the school.

Kelsey Clifford being given the Product Design Award and Art Award by SORTEDfoodKelsey Clifford being given the Product Design Award and Art Award by SORTEDfood

They returned for the school’s annual prize-giving on Friday, September 9.

Jamie Spafford said: “It’s so strange to be back at our old school and think of how much has changed since we met here 18 years ago.

Sean Wright being given the headteacher's prize for best exam results and history prize by SORTEDfoodSean Wright being given the headteacher's prize for best exam results and history prize by SORTEDfood

“We had a great time at school, but I can remember at the time that it was really hard to know which career path to choose.

“Being at school can feel overwhelming with decisions but it’s a real opportunity to be creative and try things out. We certainly never imagined we’d have the opportunity to create our own successful business, doing something we love, and change people’s lives.

“We want pupils to feel inspired and fire up their inner ambition to achieve whatever it is they dream of, be that being an engineer, and actor, a teacher or creating a YouTube channel.”

The event celebrated pupil’s achievements over the past academic year and aims to inspire pupils for the year ahead.

Headteacher David Croston said: “Theirs is an enthralling story and because of their personal connection with Chancellor’s, their achievements and approach, rooted in lifelong friendships, resonated with our school community and was truly inspirational.

“Since they have left Chancellor’s, SORTEDFood have remained in touch and visited the school on a number of occasions to support our work, particularly in food technology and the sixth form.

“I am extremely grateful to them, that they have once again been able to find the time, in what I know is an incredibly busy schedule, to join us and inspire our students.

“They delivered a rousing message to cherish friendships, work hard and make things happen.”

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