Talented Leyland pupils are Glee-ing it up after a new music teacher joined their school and started a popular Glee Club.
The hot US show is back on our screens for a second season, and it’s putting a spring in the steps of students at Worden Sports College.
New music teacher Tabitha Barber is Leyland’s answer to the encouraging Mr Schuester, as she bounded into the position in September last year.
Now, her Glee Club is busier than ever, and they’re hoping to enter into a national competition next year, just like the show’s New Directions.
Miss Barber said: “I wanted to introduce a vocal group to the school, but I didn’t want it to be like a choir – I wanted it to be cool.
“I knew that the idea of a Glee Club would probably appeal to a wide range of students, because it’s really contemporary.
“But I was still shocked by how many turned up for that first session.
“We didn’t hold auditions, it’s an open group, and about 30 pupils turned up.”
She said the stigma against the ‘gleeks’ on the TV show isn’t evident at the Westfield Drive school, although some students are conflicted about which extra-curricular activities to take part in.
She said: “We have lost some members to other activities, such as trampolining and basketball, but I suppose it mirrors the TV in that way.
“We now have a core group of 12 girls and six boys, but more people are still joining. It’s really great.”
The singers, who range in age from 12 to 16 and take a variety of subjects, meet once a week to practice the songs, which they often choose themselves.
Miss Barber said: “To start with, we made our way through the Glee songbook, and did things such as Lady Gaga, and the students make their own suggestions too.”
There is more emphasis on singing than dancing, and vocal teacher Sam MacPherson works with the students on their singing talents.
Miss Barber and many of the members tune into the show each week, and she hopes the airing of season two will attract even more budding performers.
“There’s a national competition for the best UK Glee Club, which we’re hoping to enter next year,” she said.
“We’ve done a few performances at school, like a concert at Christmas and an assembly.
“At the moment, it’s a good mix of practising routines for a Valentine’s performance we’ve got planned, and just having fun.”