PILGRIMS' School has been forced to celebrate the run up to Christmas creatively this year.

Due to the pandemic, pupils are unable to follow their traditions – or at least not in their usual fashion.

However the show must go on and the annual nativity will be held on Zoomed, with performers streaming their parts from individual classrooms.

The cathedral carol service will also happen virtually, and head of music Russell du Plessis has ensured that all 240 children will be involved.

Carols have been recorded in year group bubbles and will be pieced together.

Lucy Brown of the school said: "It’s a very different run up to Christmas at school this year; the pandemic has forced us to come up with some fairly creative solutions.

"This is the first Winchester Christmas for our new head, Dr Sarah Essex. Last week, she and the choristers witnessed a moment of wonder as the cathedral tree lights were switched on and the boys sang ‘Away in a Manger’ to the press.

"Dr Essex has ensured tradition continues here, but this year, differently.

"In this Advent season, we help Pilgrims’ boys show gratitude and think of those less fortunate than themselves.

"Year 3 boys read stories and sing to the residents of St John’s Almshouses. Christmas jumper day and a gift stall collection raised funds and toys for The Salvation Army to distribute in Winchester.

"The school charities committee lead by Year 8 Ben, has launched an appeal to raise money for Allegra’s Ambition: a charity that encourages people to get active and have fun.

"The goal is to run 365 kilometres as a school before the end of 2020."