Primary school pupils from four Suffolk schools have spent time with a number of West End performers as part of a drama workshop.

Year Five students from St Joseph’s College, Hadleigh Community Primary School, Bucklesham Primary School, and Trimley St Mary Primary School came together for the workshop run by Arts International.

They worked on love-themed numbers from various musical hits under the guidance of actors from shows including Everyone Is Talking About Jamie, Matilda the Musical, and The Book of Mormon during the session on Valentine's Day.

Ipswich Star: Students came from across Suffolk for the drama workshop.Students came from across Suffolk for the drama workshop. (Image: St Joseph’s College)

Georgie Ross, director of performing arts at St Joseph’s College, said: “Many of the pupils had never been on stage before and it was amazing to see them step out of their comfort zone, learn new skills in dancing and singing and then perform to a huge parental audience at the end of the day.

“This was another fantastic event with our partners at Arts International.”

At the end of the day, pupils performed a show for their parents highlighting everything they had learned.

Ipswich Star: The workshop was held on Valentine's Day.The workshop was held on Valentine's Day. (Image: St Joseph’s College)

The Arts International team on the day comprised Lucy May Barker, Adam Jacques, Laurie Scarth, Tom Dickerson, Luke Latch and Connor Lewis.

The workshop is part of a scheme run by Arts International to help children build confidence, creativity, collaboration, and compassion.

Ipswich Star: Three Arts Educators Luke Latch, Tom Dickerson and Adam Jacques.Three Arts Educators Luke Latch, Tom Dickerson and Adam Jacques. (Image: St Joseph’s College)

Schools are partnered with cast members from musicals and West End shows, who tailor workshops specifically to the needs of the school.

Helen Morgan, Educational Consultant, said: “Performing Arts supports the development of community, it gives schools a heartbeat and creates a sense of togetherness. Children learn best when they feel a sense of belonging.”