AN iconic charity mascot famed for his yellow fur and polka-dot eye patch popped into a school.

Pudsey the bear, the friendly face of BBC Children in Need, strode into assembly on Monday at Witney Community Primary School.

Delighted pupils encouraged him to dance and wore spotty clothes for the occasion, as part of the school’s efforts to raise cash for the charity.

The visit was staged by the Rotary Club of Witney, whose members are also popping into other West Oxfordshire schools this week for similar celebrations.

Teaching assistant Kirstine Hunt, who oversaw the visit, said: “The children went crazy when Pudsey came in, they were laughing and cheering.

“He danced for them and each class came up with a question to ask Pudsey, which his ‘helper’ answered.”

Almost £500 was raised through the £1 non-uniform fee and for sales of Pudsey ears, headbands and raffle tickets, which pupils on the school council sold in the run-up to his visit.

Year 4 pupil Eddy Champness, nine, won a giant Pudsey teddy to take home.

Year 2 pupil Ryan Tossell, seven, won the school’s competition for the ‘spottiest’ outfit.