A college is instilling a love of the arts in pupils at a nearby secondary school by running free drama and dance workshops.

Sunderland College is working in partnership with Thornhill Academy to run the weekly dance and drama sessions, which give pupils regular access to arts education and inspire them to pursue creative subjects post-16.

The initiative is part of the college’s recruitment strategy, and will run until the end of the academic year, culminating in a joint performance of Blood Brothers by pupils and college students at

Sunderland College’s arts academy theatre, as well as an end-of-year dance show.

“The interest from schools wanting to work in partnership with us to ensure the arts is represented in the curriculum offer has been overwhelming,” said Sheree Rymer, curriculum manager for creative arts at Sunderland College. “This new partnership shows the resilience of the arts in Sunderland and how there are young people who want to study the creative arts alongside more academic subjects.”

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