HEXHAM high school exchange students had a shock when they bumped into singing sensation Sam Fender.

18 German exchange students from Queen Elizabeth High School in Hexham spotted a familiar face at Newcastle Airport on Monday.

The students were boarding their flight to the German city Düsseldorf.

Sam Fender, who is from North Shields, was travelling to Germany to perform in the city as part of his 'Seventeen Going Under' 2022 Tour.

The singer will perform at Mitsubishi Electric Halle in Düsseldorf on Saturday.

Sam performed his 'Seventeen Going Under' tour at the Utilita Arena in Newcastle for two shows this week.

'Seventeen Going Under' has been a huge success for the singer and songwriter, which officially debuted at number one in the UK charts.

The album earned Sam his second number one record, and claimed the top spot on the Official Vinyl Albums Chart.

Sam was more than happy to pose with, and chat to, delighted students and wished them all the best for their exchange.

The exchange is now in its 13th year and Queen Elizabeth High School are one of the only existing schools in the North East who still operate an exchange programme, offering students a chance to fully immerse themselves into German culture.

Staying with families in Steinhagen, a whole host of activities has been planned including a meeting with the Mayor Sarah Süss, who raised the flag to celebrate the arrival of the group.

Lindsey Bevan, Head of Languages, said: "As ever, students have been excellent ambassadors for the school. They are motivated, enthusiastic and making the most of every minute. We're sure they will come back to school next week bringing exciting stories of their German adventure!"

Queen Elizabeth High School look forward to welcoming their German guests to Hexham on May 16. They will take part in a joint trip to Edinburgh, travelling by train from Newcastle, and spend time with their host families getting to know the local area.