Students have had plenty of reasons to dress up and celebrate at schools and colleges across the district as the term winds down to the summer break.
For some the proms, balls, and prize givings have a bitter-sweet edge as students leave schools where they received their secondary education and formed friendships, before heading into further studies or the world of work.
To send them on their way they have memories of beautifully dressed young women and smart young men enjoying themselves. For some parties students arrived in all manner of transport from long limousines and classy cars to a bus and a tractor.
Sixth form leavers at Steyning Grammar School’s Sixth Form College Leavers’ Dinner and Prize Giving were described as inspirational by their head teacher.Nick Wergan summed up the occasion by saying:” I was incredibly proud of our Sixth Form leavers, a talented and inspirational group of young people destined for great success. They are wonderful ambassadors for Steyning Grammar School, and I thank them, and their teachers, for their hard work and commitment. “
The dinner was held at Avisford Park Hotel, near Arundel and was attended by 220 sixth formers, with teach mentors, teachers, boarding staff, members of the school management team and governors.
At the Millais girls school and Forest boys school in Horsham the girls and the boys celebrated at a mixed party for 440 students and 66 staff at Copthorne Effingham Park, as the class of 2016 celebrated the end of their exams in style. A horse drawn chariot was among the transport.
Pupils from Farlington School in Horsham displayed plenty of glitz and glamour at the annual Sixth Form Ball.
Year 11 Weald School students danced the night away on a boat on the River Thames at their annual leavers prom, with some turning up for their London-bound coach in a camper van. The event Farlington’s school upper and lower sixth form pupils, staff, and parents enjoyed a three-course meal and dancing at Wildwood Golf and Country Club for their Sixth Form Ball.
On the last night of the school year and to mark the end of the exam season at Christ’s Hospital, the leaving Grecians , Year 13 pupils. celebrated in style with the school’s customary leavers’ ball. The theme this year was Arabian Nights.
The Tanbridge House School celebration at The Felbridge Hotel, East Grinstead, was also a send-off for teacher Mrs Pinington, who retires this year after 37 years there She said: “This year’s Prom was the perfect finale to Year 11’s time at THS. They have all worked so hard, particularly over the past year. It was lovely to spend an evening together in recognition and celebration of that.
“For me, after 37 years at Tanbridge House, it was the perfect farewell. Many staff thought it was the best Prom ever.The students were an absolute delight and I will miss them alI. I wish them all the best of luck in whatever they decide to do next.”