Ryde Academy students performing at the competition. Picture by Nick Scott.
ROCK Challenge champions Ryde Academy were one of five Isle of Wight schools to win national awards in the creative dance competition.
The school, which won the southern regional final last month with its Peter Pan-inspired routine, capped off a good year in Rock Challenge by winning the National Premier Award for lighting design.
Sandown Bay Academy, which also performed a student-led routine in the final, was also awarded the senior prize for student leadership.
The Island’s junior schools excelled in the competition this year to win a national award.
Cowes Primary School won the prize for school community support, Yarmouth Primary had best lighting design and the Stenbury Federation of Schools, made up of Chillerton and Rookley, Godshill and Wroxall Primary Schools, had best make-up design.
Beryl Miller, headteacher at Yarmouth Primary School, said: "I’m absolutely delighted with the award. The children, staff and parents showed great dedication and we are lucky to have such a talented IT technician, David Richardson, who did our lighting."
Winning schools will receive a framed certificate from the organisers.
Rock Challenge chief, Tim Macfarlane, who hails from the Island, said: "It was a great haul of awards, considering how few schools there are on the Isle of Wight."