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Schoolchildren stunned as David Beckham surprises assembly

David Beckham walked into the assembly hall to gasps and cheers. Photo: Channel 4 News

Stunned primary schoolchildren could not believe their eyes today when David Beckham made a surprise appearance at morning assembly.

It was a reward for going above and beyond the call of duty in promoting Paralympic sport and ideals, both on and off the playground, as part of the Sainsbury's Million Kids Challenge.

Beckham, who has been working with 2012 Paralympic Games sponsor Sainsbury's to encourage children to lead active and healthy lifestyles, dropped in on the three-to 11-year-olds at Vaughan Primary School, West Harrow, in north west London.

In these Channel 4 News pictures, Beckham is seen walking into the assembly hall to gasps and cheers from the pupils.

But the youngsters are well-behaved enough to issue their customary greeting, in chorus, of, "GOOD MORNING DAVID BECKHAM, GOOD MORNING EVERYONE."

The LA Galaxy star and former England captain said he had been inspired to meet the youngsters, who made Paralympic sport part of their curriculum and joined forces with Aspire, the spinal injury charity.

Describing it as a "real privilege", Beckham said:

"This has just been one of the most exciting things. There have been kids in this school and two million kids around the country trying out Paralympic sport. It is so amazing."

The children's ecstatic reaction to Beckham's appearance was "so cute", he said.

"Children are so honest. It has been a long time since I was in a school, apart from my sons'.

"The first thing they were asking about was when I did blind football. It was amazing to hear that because they were naming the Paralympians."Teachers and staff had been sworn to secrecy to keep the surprise.

Beckham also caught up with Sally Williams from ITV London. He said the first thing he does when he comes home is to visit his mum and go to his favourite pie and mash shop.

He said he was delighted to back in London for the Jubilee weekend, but he will miss the main event on Monday. He promised he would be celebrating in Los Angeles.