ARTISTIC academy students from far and wide descended on The Sir Robert Woodard Academy for the first Woodard Arts Festival.
The event held at the school in Upper Boundstone Lane, Lancing, drew together the talents of all five Woodard Academies, some from as far away as Tyneside, and others from the nearby Littlehampton Acadmey.
Minutes after England limped out of the World Cup, the celebration began, with performances from some of the Woodard group’s most talented students.
Students hosting the event even helped to lay on a hog roast in the early evening sun.
Nigel Peters, vice chairman of West Sussex County Council thanked the staff and students for a ‘wonderful time’ at the event.
“In particular, we must thank principal Peter Midwinter and all the staff for their hospitality, including the numerous prefects who were assigned to look after us,” he said.
“It was a great pleasure to meet all the principals and Jan Richardson from the Trust, among very many others.
“We are extremely pleased that the Woodard Trust gives these talented youngsters the opportunity to shine in public and they certainly excelled in catering for all tastes. “We hope that many of them will continue with a career in the performing arts, as they certainly deserve success.”
David Carter, chairman of the Academy Council said: “It was a real showcase of talent and generated a very positive community feeling.”