TOE-tapping teachers at Highworth Warneford School took to the dance floor this week to put their moves to the test.

In their own version of Strictly Come Dancing, the six couples, made up of staff members at the school, will perform every Thursday until a winner is announced on November 22.

The competition, which is raising money for Swindon Down’s Syndrome Group, has received overwhelming support from students, who can buy tickets to watch their teachers waltz, jive and tango their way to the top each week.

Organiser and PE teacher Hannah McLaughlin said: “I just thought it seemed like a fun way to raise some money. I did it in a previous school and it was an engaging way to see teachers in a different light.

“It has really taken off and proved really popular. We sold 320 tickets this week but we could have sold more if we had the space.

"I think we could easily raise £1,000 for the Swindon Down’s Syndrome Group, which is great. It is a very important cause to one of my colleagues. Next week we will also raise money for Children In Need.”

This week saw teachers take on the paso doble, with the first couple voted off.

“It was difficult to recruit the men, but the women were jumping at the chance,” said Hannah.

“I have been really pleased with the commitment the teachers have shown. I teach them a routine and then they go away and practice. I have seen teachers still here practicing at 6pm some nights.

“Dancing is very much out of most comfort zones but they have raised the bar. Some of them find each dance as difficult as the next, but they have really got into it.”

Hannah also praised the support shown by students who have been preparing banners and posters showing their support.

For more information on the Swindon Down’s Syndrome Group, visit