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Coronavirus: Eastern School of Performing Arts in Stamford moves to online learning

A performing arts school has decided to move to online learning as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

Eastern School of Performing Arts had previously encouraged pupils only to attend if essential, however, after yesterday's Government announcement it will be closing on Friday.

The college in St Peter's Hill, Stamford offers courses in dance and musical theatre to post-16 students.

Eastern School of Performing Arts
Eastern School of Performing Arts

Students have been instructed to use an online learning platform to submit videos of themselves rehearsing.

Kelly-Ann Gordon, principal, said: "Our main goal is to ensure students are still able to complete assessments and achieve their qualifications at the end of the year.

"We have been able to work closely with students to record all work completed thus far, and to then work with them online using google education suite to ensure they are able to continue training and working hard despite them not being able to be in the building."

She added: "Obviously it's a bit difficult because we are really vocational and courses are really practical-based however, the last term is generally show term."

Despite the new approach to learning, students and staff will continue preparing for their dance show and their annual full-scale musical.

This year's musical - which is set to take place in June - is a student performance of 'Carrie'.

Kelly-Ann said: "We have very committed students and staff who are able to keep working even if we can't be on site."

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