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West Norfolk Academies Trust inspires its pupils with Beatles’ music

Around 120 primary schoolchildren sang proudly when they came together to mark the relaunch of the arts programme at Smithdon High School in Hunstanton.

The theme for last Friday’s gala show was the music of The Beatles, marking 50 years since the Fab Four’s final live performance.

Pupils from West Norfolk Academies Trust schools in Dersingham, Brancaster, Docking, Heacham, Hunstanton, Sedgeford and Snettisham performed to around 300 parents and friends, plus the mayoress and deputy mayor of King’s Lynn and the mayor of Hunstanton.

The children were on stage for the entirety of the event, either singing their own school’s song or joining in the chorus of others’.

Hayley Roberts, the trust’s director of engagement, said the students had practised for about eight weeks and it had been a very positive project by the executive team.

“We had fantastic feedback on the night,” she said. “It was a celebration with the cluster and the aim is to continue to promote the arts, such as singing and dancing, to enrich pupils’ education.”

Seating in the hall was set up in a cabaret style with tables, and the trust’s catering team provided a buffet meal. It’s hoped this will be the first of many similar events.

The trust has four high schools, with Smithdon joining in January 2017.

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