Yateley School pupils laid on an evening of dance, music and drama to celebrate their achievement in gaining Performing Arts Status.

This means that the secondary school will get extra funding to become a centre of excellence for the performing arts - as well as teaching the normal curriculum.

Area MP Gerald Howarth and DJ Peter Gordon from The Eagle FM were in the audience.

Yateley is the first school in North Hampshire to attain Performing Arts Status and the money now available means they will get a new building complete with a dance studio with a sprung floor.

They will also be able to afford a composer in residence, and to bring in professional actors and dancers to work with the children.

Students from outside the area can apply to be admitted and some are already coming by coach.

Under the new system schools can apply to specialise in various areas, for example language or technology, and be eligible for extra funding.

The gala evening included performances from the school oboe trio, Yateley School Brass, St Peter's Choir, Vivace Cantamus Choir, Newlands School Choir and Westfields Junior School Dance Audax.