Students tune in to stage a musical treat

Pupils from Barbara Priestman and Portland taking part in a summer school worshop.
Pupils from Barbara Priestman and Portland taking part in a summer school worshop.
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SUMMER is already hitting the right note for Sunderland youngsters who staged their own musical.

Groups of students and staff from Barbara Priestman Academy in Meadowside and Portland Academy, Chapelgarth, came together to hold their first joint summer school this year.

And it was hailed a huge success for the 20 students and the staff as well.

The two schools, which cater for secondary-age pupils with special needs, are both part of Sunderland’s Ascent Academy Trust.

Together with Castlegreen Community School at Hylton Castle and Springwell Dene School in Springwell, they became the first in the country to form a special schools multi-academy trust last September.

The Barbara Priestman and Portland young people came together for the week of singing, dancing and acting, which ended with them staging a short performance for family and friends.

Denise Murray, an assistant head at Barbara Priestman Academy, which hosted the week, said they brought North-East theatre company Cap-a-Pie on board to work with the young people.

She said: “The whole thing was just absolutely wonderful for everyone involved.”