Bright colours, sleek suits and beautiful dresses brought Magnolia Park, Boarstall to life on Friday as it played host to the The Cooper School Year 11 prom. Arriving in a vast array of vehicles, from the grand to the classic to the unusual, excited students made their way to the event which would celebrate the end of their GCSEs in style and bid farewell to secondary school.

Transport included various Limousines, VW camper vans, a DeLorean, a Horse Drawn Carriage, a Bentley, a Ferrari and many more in quick succession as they delivered students onto the red carpet. There were a number of surprises in store for students upon arrival, including an instant fun photo booth, The Wonder Kitchen cupcake van, stylishly dressed tables and themed décor.

Mr Antony Coggins and Mr Jeff Simmonds, who organised the event said, ‘We remember the importance of our own Year 11 proms as a way of celebrating the end of exams and the beginning of a new chapter in our lives. The students were fantastic and a credit to the school. It was a great opportunity to help them celebrate their success in such a positive manner with many of our colleagues. We wish them all good luck for their exam results and in their future education whether at The Cooper School or elsewhere.”

Student, Josh Upstone said, ‘A fantastic time at the prom. A great way to finish school and to spend time with my mates. My highlights were the red carpet at the entrance and the photo booth, they were great finishing touches.’

Student, Naomi Weaver said, ‘The prom was great. It was so fun and a great way to spend time with my friends for the last time all together as we’re all going separate ways!! It was better than I ever imagined. Best way to finish school and celebrate finishing exams!’

Student, Michaela Gray said, ‘The Prom was really fun, it was a really big place! The food there was nice and I really liked the photo booth. The place looked beautiful and I really enjoyed it; one of the best nights of my life!’.

More than 140 students and 60 staff attended the event.

The end of year prom is a significant event in The Cooper School calendar which commemorates the journey the students have taken at the school and celebrates all of their hard work and commitment. It is a chance to say goodbye to staff and to friends that may be heading off in different directions; although we look forward to seeing many students next year as they return to enrol and continue their studies in Post 16 at The Cooper School.

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