Strictly fever at Batley Girls’ High School

Strictly sparkle took over an all-girls school on Monday as teachers swapped classrooms for the dance floor.

Batley Girls’ High School’s Strictly Batley competition has seen staff dust off their dancing shoes to raise money for the school’s Indiability project.

DANCING QUEENS Erica Knox and Jodi Ramsden. (D514E412)

DANCING QUEENS Erica Knox and Jodi Ramsden. (D514E412)

The venture will see eight pupils visit India in November to work at three schools that cater for students who are blind, deaf and have extreme learning difficulties.

The school, in Windmill Lane, needs to raise £11,000 and is holding a number of arts events throughout the year to gather funds.

Rehearsals for the Strictly Come Dancing-style competition began in January, with executive headteacher Jackie Eames teaching staff the dance routines.

She said: “I have always been a dancer. This is one of my enthusiasms I’ve allowed myself to indulge during my last year at the school.”

On Monday Year 11 pupils Sinead Trev and Aabidah Patel judged the first three couples for their take on the waltz and cha-cha-cha.

Winning duo Sandra Roberts and Dave Cooper won a spot in the semi finals, with three more couples set to take to the floor next week.