Holby City star drops by to judge school spelling bee

A TELEVISION star popped in to visit Wyberton Primary School when it hosted the grand final of the Spelling Bee and Mental Maths Challenge.

Amanda Mealing, who plays Conie Beauchamp in BBC One hospital drama Holby City and has starred in other TV series such as the Bill and Grange Hill, was special guest at the competition which took place between pupils from Wyberton Primary School and St Thomas Primary School.

Spelling bee at Wyberton Primary School with Holby City actress, Amanda Mealing.'Amanda Mealing with Wyberton Primary School and St Thomas' Primary school contestants.

Spelling bee at Wyberton Primary School with Holby City actress, Amanda Mealing.'Amanda Mealing with Wyberton Primary School and St Thomas' Primary school contestants.

Pupils from Wyberton won the maths challenge, while St Thomas’ Schools’ Lewis Colbert, nine, won the spelling bee.

Amanda had been invited to the event by assistant headteacher Charlotte Morris, who had previously taught her two boys - Milo and Otis - when they were younger.

Looking forward to the main event, she said: “I love it here, it’s phenomenal the work that the schools are doing and the amount of children they educate here.”

The star and her husband, screenwriter Richard Sainsbury, who live in Lincolnshire, said they hadn’t come to Boston before, but often go to Kenwick Park near Louth on breaks away.

She said: “We often giggle as we travel through the village of New York. My mother lives in the American city of the same name.”

She also admitted that she hadn’t tried a Boston sausage, but they would attempt to do so after finding out that screen legend Michael Caine is a fan.

When she took to the stage at the school Amanda then told the children how she had been taught at school and what she felt she had missed out on or gained from her experiences.

The event was also attended by the Mayor of Boston Coun Colin Brothertoft.

l Log on to www.bostonstandard.co.uk to see how Amaanda got on when we challenged her to a hospital-themed spelling cha;llenge.