FOR most schools, break-time is a time for rest.
But not for The Academy at Shotton Hall, in Peterlee – that’s when the school really comes alive.
For the past few months, the school, in Waveney Road, has been hosting an open mic session every Friday break-time in the main dining area, which has a large, morden atrium and a balcony.
Students are auditioned in the Glee-style event and the best acts get to perform in front of the whole school.
Hundreds of children flock to the dining hall to watch, along with most of the staff.
It is organised by the school’s music teachers, who open and close with a special song.
Acts have included everyone from Year 7 to Year 11 boys and girls singing a range of styles of song from rock, pop to ballads and even traditional war-time songs.
One teacher has even been known to don a white suit and wig and perform as Elvis, while teachers have joined a pupil while wearing home-made silver foil helmets to re-enact robo-funk act Daft Punk’s hit Get Lucky.
A school spokeswoman said: “It has made a real difference with a big buzz to round off every week.
“All the kids love it!”
Videos of each session have been posted on the school’s youtube site and its twitter account.