Children at Christ Church C of E Primary School, in Commerell Street, Greenwich, had a huge surprise last week when they were told Pixie Lott was going to sing at their school.

The 23-year-old singer-songwriter, whose hits include All About Tonight, is the niece of teaching assistant Vicky Bennett. She agreed to sing and answer questions at the seven-class school during a flying visit. Pupils – who were only told the day before – had the chance to ask three questions per class.

Questions from the pupils included, “Who would you most like to do a duet with?” (Pixie answered Bruno Mars) And “Do you play any instruments?” (The answer was piano and guitar). When asked: “What is it like to be rich and famous?” Pixie said she had never been asked that before. She said it meant she “met a lot of cool people and did a lot of travelling”.

Deputy head teacher Amanda Wilson said: “It’s the first time we’ve had someone as big as her. It was the icing on the cake at the end of a great year because we have had fantastic SATs results this year.”

The school’s Key Stage 2 results were 92% in reading (up from 65% last year), 96% in reading (up from 77%) and 96% in maths (up from 62%) after a collaboration with St Mary Magdelene C of E Primary School, Woolwich.