Help Stratford schoolgirls top the charts with charity single “Be Proud”

Cover of Sarah Bonnell School's single "Be Proud".

Cover of Sarah Bonnell School's single "Be Proud". - Credit: Archant

Superstar singers at a Stratford secondary school need readers’ help to reach the top of the charts with their charity single for vulnerable youngsters.

The young women of Sarah Bonnell School in Deanery Road went into the studio with Lethal Bizzle producer Iain Gore to record “Be Proud”, a song inspired by their school motto “Be Proud, Aim High, Work Hard, Be Nice, No Excuses”.

The single was released for digital download on Monday with all the profits going to Kids Company, a charity that helps to improve the lives of neglected and destitute children in inner London.

Kezia Atta Panin, in Year 11, performed on the track at The Premises studio in Hackney along with other students aged 12 to 16.

She said: “It was such an amazing opportunity to record in a studio where so many brilliant performers have worked before.


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“I hope one day I will get the chance to do something like this again.”

The single, “Be Proud”, was written by Head of Music and Expressive Arts Mark Rudland, a former musician, who used his expertise and contacts to get the record made.

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Sarah Bonnell Headteacher Sarah Jacobs said: “For students to get the chance to visit and work in a professional studio is such a privilege and something that they will always remember.

“It has been a wonderful initiative and I hope that we raise lots of money for an extremely worthwhile and important cause.”

Jane Caldwell from Kids Company said she was “deeply touched” by the pupils’ “inspiring song”.

She added: “We struggle to find the funds to help our children and it is very encouraging that these young people are thinking about the community they live in and working to build a better future for everyone.”

The “Be Proud” video can be viewed on above.

The single is available to buy now from iTunes, Amazon and Google Play with all proceeds donated to Kids Company.

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