Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson has sent a message of support to the current pupils of his former school in Whitehaven.

Year 11 and Year 13 pupils of St Benedict’s Catholic High School are hard at work as they prepare for their mock exams and were thrilled to have received Premier League support from Dean this week.

He said in a video message to pupils: “Hi guys, it’s just Deano here, I’d just like to wish you all the best for your up-and-coming exams.

“I hope you’ve all been working really hard, and then I’m sure you’ll get the results you deserve.”

Speaking of the Red Lonning school he used to attend, Dean said: “I’d just like to say, from being at Bene’s myself, what a good school it is and what good people and staff you have around you to help you achieve your future goals.

"But that doesn’t come without working really hard and doing the right things every day, being polite and pleasant and being good people."

He added: “Turning up on time, turning up all the time is very important. I hope you bear this in mind and you can achieve this. That will set you in good stead for the future ahead of you."

Dean gave an insight into the mindset of a successful athlete and some inspiration for the young people.

He said: “Don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t do anything because you can do whatever you want to do.

"So go out there, smash all your goals and keep working really hard and I’m sure you’ll get whatever you want in life.”

Emma Jackson, headteacher at St Benedict’s, said: “We are very proud of Dean and all he has achieved.

“We are very grateful that he took time from his schedule to reiterate to our students, the importance of hard work and a responsible attitude.”

Myles Hamilton, head of sixth form said: “It’s fantastic when ex-students are able to work with current students. The motivation that comes from alumni that have made such an impact at such a high level is tangible.”

It is hoped that the the star’s message will give young people a boost during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mr Hamilton said: “It was very kind of Dean to make time for our current cohort of leavers, especially under the circumstances created by the pandemic.”

After vying with fellow Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea for the top spot, Dean was made Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s number one in goal for the Red Devils.

Dean is also on the England squad and could be in goal in upcoming World Cup qualifying games.