A POPULAR TV star joined pupils at her former secondary school to celebrate a major milestone.

Amanda Holden, actress and well-known as a judge on ITV's Britain's Got Talent, visited her former secondary school Swanmore College to mark the official opening of a £1m performing arts building.

At the event held on Tuesday evening, the TV presenter and her husband Chris Hughes, were treated to a showcase of talents from pupils past and present who performed in a production including singing, dancing and acting.

Amanda Holden, who attended Swanmore College during the 1980s, was the special guest at the event and was given a personal tour of the school with headteacher Kyle Jonathan.

He said: "It was an absolute pleasure to welcome Amanda back to her old school and to show her how much it has changed over the years. We are very proud of Amanda and Swanmore College has always taken a keen interest in the career of our former pupil.”

The new building is a standalone and has retractable bleacher style seating for 120 people.

It also includes a 6mx4m screen with 4K projector, performance lighting and audio visual equipment.

When the seating is retracted the facility becomes a dance studio with mirrored wall and sprung wooden floor.

The new facility is the result of a £1m project in conjunction with Hampshire County Council and contractors Neillcott Construction Group and will provide Swanmore College with a much needed performing arts facility which can be used and enjoyed by the whole college community.