Hit indie band The Kaiser Chiefs took time out from their busy schedule today when they visited staff and pupils at their former secondary school.

The boys, who have become one of Britain's biggest bands in recent years, attended a special ceremony at St Mary's School, Menston in a bid to hand over an award for outstanding achievement in sport.' The award, was set up in memory of former pupil Jamie Payne Ross, who died in a tragic accident back in 1993.

It recognises outstanding achievement in sport for a Year 8 boy (aged between 12 and 13 years) and was presented this year to cricketer Josh Inglis.

Band members Simon Rix, Nick Peanut' Baines and Nick Hodgson attended a special assembly where they handed over the award to Josh.

Josh, has been a cricketer for the last five years and is currently playing with the U13 Yorkshire Schools Team.

He is also in St Mary's U13 Rugby Union team where he has made the No 10 (stand off) shirt his own.

Speaking on behalf of the band, Nick Hodgson said: "We were at school when Jamie died.

"It is a great honour and privilege to be invited back to present this important award. It ensures that Jamie's name and memory live on at St Mary's in such an inspirational way."

Also at today's ceremony were Jamie's brother Adam and mum Colleen Payne Ross, as well as the parents of recipient Josh.

Faculty Leader for PE and Sport Martin Green said: "Josh always strives to produce the highest quality of performance.

"He is a good tactician and is able to evaluate his and other peoples' performance really effectively.

"Josh demonstrates outstanding leadership skills and is always prepared to spend time supporting those less able than himself.

"I have no doubt that he will go on to perform at the highest level in cricket and rugby in the future."

Music was provided for the event by a Year 11 band.

The Kaiser Chiefs were also presented with a special award from the school in recognition of their support of the Bambisanani Partnership in which St Mary's pupils work with children in South Africa to better their education.

Assistant Head Teacher David Geldart said: "It is indicative of Nick, Peanut and Simon that they are prepared to do so much for others.

"Despite their fame and fortune they have not forgotten their roots and have real values. In many ways they have not changed much since they were at school. They are an example to others in their position."