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A FAREHAM school came out on top in a Rock Challenge heat.

More than 315 schools throughout the UK are taking part in this year’s UK Rock Challenge competition involving 30,000 young people.

It is the fastest-growing event of its type in the UK, with teams required to stage an eight-minute themed dance routine in front of an audience and a team of qualified judges. The Henry Cort Community College came out on top at the heat held in Southampton.

As well as winning the event, the college also gained awards of excellence in set design and function, costuming character, soundtrack, stage use and choreography.

Rock Challenge UK assistant manager Stuart McGregor said: ‘This year at the Rock Challenge in Southampton we have been absolutely blown away by the quality of the performances and the support that all of the schools and performers have shown and this was personified by the fantastic performance of The Henry Cort Community College.’

Rock Challenge returns to Portsmouth Guildhall next month.