A LOCAL secondary school has set up its first ever drama department club and is set to stage The Addams Family.

Drama teacher Lynsey Currie joined St Columba's in August and has been inspiring pupils to take their class studies further.

The spooky musical featuring Morticia, Uncle Fester and Lurch is being staged in June and rehearsals are well under way.

Local woman Lynsey, who owns Thistle Theatre Academy of Speech and Drama, was previously working in Glasgow and says she is delighted to be back in Inverclyde.

She said: "I've been involved in drama since I was four years old, it's lovely to come back to work where it all started.

"I've thoroughly enjoyed working at St Columba's.

"The kids are wonderful, so enthusiastic and passionate.

"It shows the benefit of having a drama department, not just for those who want to study drama but for all pupils from first to sixth year.

"It helps with social skills, interaction and confidence."

The school has always enjoyed a strong tradition of performance with its show and music department but now offers drama at National 5 and Higher grades for the first time

Head teacher Nicola Devine says introducing drama has had a huge impact on pupils.

She said: "We are absolutely delighted to introduce drama as part of our formal curriculum.

"It has been incredibly well received by pupils.

"As well as part of the formal curriculum, Lynsey has set up a drama club element which is being attended by a range of different year groups.

"This has made a significant impact on pupils' wellbeing and self esteem.

"There is a real excitement around the school community and we are really looking forward to The Addams Family."