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Prom will go ahead for Arnewood School leavers after mums step in

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A GROUP of mums have joined forces to organise an Arnewood School leavers’ prom after Covid concerns put the event in jeopardy.

The celebration, which will take place at Elmers Court Hotel in Lymington in July, has been organised by the team of seven mums who were upset to hear the popular event would not be take place this summer.

Spokesperson Jo Ankers said: “I do understand the school’s concern about the pupils spending sometimes quite significant amounts of money on outfits only to be told it could not go ahead.

“But we really felt this was something the pupils had looked forward to after a tough time.”

The Arnewoood School in Gore Road, New Milton (46876242)
The Arnewoood School in Gore Road, New Milton (46876242)

The New Milton secondary school instead opted to organise a graduation celebration that took place at its Gore Road site on 29th May, the final day for Year 11 students.

However, the school has now agreed to support the parents with the leavers’ prom and confirmed a number of teaching staff will attend.

Tickets sold in school on the final day of term for £25 each were purchased by 130 students. The date has not been publicised due to concerns over numbers.

Jo said: “We took on the organisation as a team of seven mums but we are really pleased the school have decided to come on board and support this event by organising for the teachers to attend.”

Arnewood School headteacher Nigel Pressnell said: “With restrictions in place due to Covid and all the associated uncertainties, there was a real danger that any Year 11 prom might well end up being cancelled.

“So instead we decided to hold a large graduation celebration at the school on the last day of term for all Year 11 students.

“It has taken a lot of planning as students are remaining in their bubbles, but we had nice food, entertainment, music, photo booths, and videos of the students.

“I am grateful to the parent teacher association for helping to decorate the hall and give our students a great send off at the end of a challenging year.”

He added: “On top of that, the parent teacher association is organising a more traditional prom for them after 21st June when restrictions are due to have ended, which we are all looking forward to.

“Our Year 13 students are smaller in number and arrange much of their end-of-year event themselves, and this is planned for after 21st June.”

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