YOUNG pupils at a Darlington school impressed their parents and guardians in a day of plays, presentations and model-making.

The next generation of the region’s workforce showed off their talents at Marchbank Free School in the town.

During the ‘Stay and Learn’ event, which this year was its first, pupils got the chance to get their own parents involved in the day of activities.

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Jensen Colclough of Marchbank Free School in Darlington

Tess Wright, head of school at Marchbank, said: “We wanted a wow event to encourage parental engagement and provide an informal setting for teachers, pupils and parents to come together.”

For the past term, the pupils had been studying ‘flow’, including rivers and bridges, dinosaurs and even The Plague.

During the Stay and Learn event, the pupils recreated the horrors of the Great Plague in a creative play after taking part in an egg-citing hunt for dinosaur eggs in the grounds.

After the inaugural event, Ms Wright said: “Marchbank Free School prides itself on offering an immersive learning experience through topic-based learning, which engages pupils with social, emotional and mental health difficulties and sparks their learning in a creative way.

“The feedback we received from parents was fantastic with many recognising just how much their children had developed this term, progress which everyone is very proud of.”