A BRITAIN’S Got Talent star returned to her old primary school to inspire youngsters to follow their dreams.

Bethan Marshall, aka Mary P, wowed the judges and got four yes votes at her audition on ITV’s hit show earlier this year.

This week, she took a trip to her old school in Rayleigh, Grove Wood Primary School, to inspire the children and give them a special performance.

Echo: Children - Bethan with pupils Katie and DarcieChildren - Bethan with pupils Katie and Darcie

Bethan said: “It was an emotional experience being back at my childhood school, seeing all the children singing along with me was heart-warming.

“Grove Wood school is a magical place where they encourage the arts and inspire the students to follow their dreams.”

Echo: Family - Bethan with her mum KimFamily - Bethan with her mum Kim

Bethan’s mum, Kim Marshall lives in Rayleigh and works at the school.

She has revealed her pride at her daughter’s rise to stardom.

Kim said: “To say I am proud of Bethan’s achievements is an understatement.

“Watching the faces of all the children while she sang was just magical.

Echo: Performing - Mary P on stage at primary schoolPerforming - Mary P on stage at primary school

“Hopefully she has inspired them to follow their dreams, to work hard and to never give up.

“From a young age, Bethan has loved to perform, I know I am biased, but she never fails to light up the stage.”


The children were delighted to have Mary P perform in front of them and said it felt “magical”.

Rich Green, headteacher of Grove Wood Primary School, added: “We were delighted to welcome Bethan.

“She performed in a whole school assembly in the afternoon before performing for a second time at the end of the day to an audience of children, their parents, and carers.

“We are so grateful for the generosity she showed in sharing her time with us, and we wish her the very best for her future and in the competition.”

Echo: Performing - Mary P on stage at primary schoolPerforming - Mary P on stage at primary school

Bethan’s singing journey began when she joined the school choir led by music teacher Sandy Snoxall, who still works at the school.

Ms Snoxall said it is brilliant to see how Bethan has developed.

She said: “We were so pleased to welcome Bethan back to Grove Wood and to see the brilliant way she has developed her musical skills since she left us.

“She spent time singing for the children and answering some of their questions.She was a real inspiration to them.”