FESTIVAL fever is coming to Norton College this month.

The school is launching its first-ever arts festival to showcase the skills and talents of the college’s young artists, actors, musicians and chefs, with exhibitions, live theatre and music performances.

Gemma McDonald, the college’s head of expressive arts, said: “I cannot think of a better way to celebrate the work and talents of our hugely committed students.

“They have all worked so hard putting in a tremendous amount of time and effort resulting in some brilliant practical pieces.

“It’s wonderful to see how the students have grown into astonishing young artists.

"The festival is also a fantastic way to say goodbye to our lovely Year 13s and an early welcome to sixth form to our current Year 11s.

“We would love local people to pop along to see the creative output by our students, when it’s just on their doorstep.”

Music will be provided by J-Band and the Taiko drummers, while students from all year groups will be performing scenes from Blood Brothers and Matilda. Year 13 will be running their visual media installations, while exam pieces and portfolios from Year 11 art and photography students will also be on display.

Isaac Bradley, a Year 13 student, said: “I have two life-size heads on display and feel pretty proud of what I have accomplished over my two years studying here. I hope lots of people come and see what we do. I’ve loved my time here.”

Norton Arts Festival is on Wednesday, July 11, from 5pm to 8pm at Norton College Sixth Form. Tickets cost £3 for adults and £1.50 for concessions.