TALENTED pupils spelled out the spirit of Christmas with a special performance dedicated to Santa Claus.

Ten letters in his name, one for each class at Beaumont Hill Academy Primary, Darlington, children celebrated the man in the red suit and with a spectacle of readings, song and dance before a packed house of family, carers and staff.

The culmination of weeks of rehearsals, pupils aged five to 11 staged a 25 minute Yuletide extravaganza singing traditional and popular festive songs, accompanied by dance routines, to rapturous applause.

Assistant head teacher Tess Wright at Beaumont Hill Academy, which is part of the Education Village Academy Trust, said: “It is really important to involve every single child in the performance and they did a brilliant job; I’m so proud of them all.

“Staff and children have worked tirelessly for weeks to come up with some fabulous ideas for the show which went down a storm with the audience.”