Former Hitchin Boys’ School pupil James Bay strives for excellence as he wins Brit award – with two school pals helping out

Former Hitchin Boys' School pupil James Bay won best British Male Solo Artist at the Brit awards las

Former Hitchin Boys' School pupil James Bay won best British Male Solo Artist at the Brit awards last night. - Credit: Archant

Former Hitchin Boys’ School pupil James Bay won a prestigious Brit award last night – with two school pals in attendance.

The Hitchin singer triumphed in the best British Male Solo Artist after his 2015 album Chaos and the Calm was the eighth bestselling record in the UK last year.

James, 25, had former boys’ school friend Tom Peel, also 25, supporting him on bass guitar, with Arthur Smith, 22 – who also went to the same school – helping as guitar technician at the event.

It rounded off a successful few days for Hitchin Boys’ School, as the institution, whose motto is per ardua ad alta – striving for excellence – were awarded an outstanding Ofsted rating in a report published this week.

Hitchin Boys’ School head Martin Brown told the Comet: “Everyone at Hitchin Boys’ School was thrilled to see former student James Bay win Best British Male at the Brit Awards last night.

“The award is a well-deserved recognition of many years of hard work on his part and we are delighted to see that pay off.”