Performing arts students were treated to a masterclass from a West End veteran.

Carl Smith, founding member of record-breaking theatre show Stomp, joined year 12 and 13 students at Ormiston River Academy in Burnham-on-Crouch to share his experiences from more than 25 years in the business.

During a lively and interactive session, Smith revealed what it was like to travel the world with the troupe and engaged the students in a workshop full of exercises and games.

The original Stomp show broke box office records at Sadlers' Wells, Royal Festival Hall in London, and Smith was part of performances at both the Oscars and Grammys.

Principle, Emma Baker said: "“I’d like to firstly thank Carl Smith for being so generous with his time. I’m absolutely delighted he was able to share experiences and insights from his incredible career with our students, who all loved the session.

“We have some fantastically talented Performing Arts students at our school, and it was invaluable for them to hear from someone with Carl’s knowledge and enthusiasm.

“I have no doubt that our students will feel inspired to follow their dreams, and I look forward to seeing them light up the West End in the years to come!”

Smith, who was also the first Artistic Director of the original US Stomp Company and took the show further into South America, now works as a session musician, alongside some of the UK’s finest performers.

Students also had the opportunity to ask Carl about his time on stage and get help with their coursework.