The youngsters at Nova Hreod were in for a huge surprise on Thursday 7 May. They thought they were going to see, 'some kind of Christian pop group,' it was rumoured.
But once the BBC Switch screen above the stage set up on one side of the giant atrium at the middle of the school lit up, and hip-hop DJ Ironik bounded on stage, the screams could be heard hundreds of yards away and a great one hour gig ensured.
The volume and excitement rose several notches when boy band and X Factor winners JLS took over, but only after staff had formed a chain across the crowd to control the pressure of bodies pressing on front of stage barriers.
The event was a total surprise to staff who were only told at their start of the day meeting that lunchtime and mid-day lessons would be a bit different. Teacher Katie Broadbent volunteered to stick her face in a bowl of custard as part of the entertainment.
After BBC DJs Nick Grimshaw and Tom Deacon wrapped up the lunchtime scene, it was up to acting headteacher Fergus Stewart to announce which order the year groups would have their lunch and that classes would restart 40 minutes later.
He said, “we are very proud to have been chosen to host the Radio 1 Switch event. It was a very special experience for all our students, especially those unable to attend in the lead up to the Big Weekend in Swindon.”