SUMMERHILL in Kingswinford became the school of rock as pupils performed in two performances of the hit musical.

Cast members received standing ovations on Thursday and Friday nights following the Lodge Lane school’s production of School of Rock.

Around 100 pupils took part in the production, which saw year 10 youngster Harvey Dalloway take on the lead role of Dewey Finn - a failed wannabe rock star (played by Jack Black in the hit 2003 movie) who pretends to be a supply teacher at a top prep school and who plots to get his class of straight A students to the prestigious Battle of the Bands competition.

James Bowkett, executive headteacher at Summerhill School, said: “I was so proud of the students, who put on a wonderful performance on both nights.

“It’s very important for children to have fun at school as well as to learn, and I think it was clear to everyone who came to watch that the pupils in this production had an absolute ball.

“One of the feedback slips we received from parents said it was the best high school show they had ever seen, and the responses were very positive across the board.

“It was put on by three members of staff who haven’t been with us long, but their efforts were exceptional and it points to very promising signs for future productions. I can’t wait to see what they come up with next time.”