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The Glee factor has won Portsmouth Grammar School a place at the finals of a national singing competition.

PGS's newly-formed Glee Club was chosen for the grand final of the Barnardo's National Schools Choir Competition at the Barbican in London next month.

The club's success in making it to the last stage of the event follows hot on the heels of its triumph in November when members scooped the title of top Portsmouth Schools Glee Choir at the city's Guildhall.

The after-school club choir is one of 24 chosen from all around the country to perform at the finals after director of music Andrew Cleary submitted a CD of members singing two contrasting pieces - Lean On Me and September - to the judging panel.

Mr Cleary said: 'To win the first ever Glee competition in Portsmouth was a huge achievement but to emerge as a finalist in this prestigious national competition is even more outstanding. I am extremely happy for them and very proud.'

The Glee Club comprises 25 members ranging from 12 to 18 years, and was formed last April following the popularity of the TV series Glee.