King and queen lead prom parade

ROYAL COUPLE -- Liam Briggs and Georgina Haynes, who were crowned 2011 prom king and queen by Bulwell Academy.
ROYAL COUPLE -- Liam Briggs and Georgina Haynes, who were crowned 2011 prom king and queen by Bulwell Academy.

THE PROM king and queen took centre stage at a dazzling end-of-year bash for school leavers from Bulwell Academy.

But the crowning glory of the event at the Goosedale conference and banqueting suite in Bestwood Village was definitely the behaviour of the students.

DAZZLING DRESSES -- students (from left) Shakira Gabo, Cheriece Gordon, Georgina Yeomans, Faye Radford, Nicole Foe and Aimee Grice

DAZZLING DRESSES -- students (from left) Shakira Gabo, Cheriece Gordon, Georgina Yeomans, Faye Radford, Nicole Foe and Aimee Grice

Graham Roberts, principal of the Academy off Hucknall Lane, declared: “I was blown away by the atmosphere.

“Not only did the students dress up in their finery for the occasion, they also responded really well and their behaviour was exemplary.”

Seventy students attended the prom, which provided a chance for the youngsters to let their hair down after the busy GCSE exam period.

Awards for attainment were handed out. But most of the teenagers wanted to know just one thing — who would win the race to become prom king and queen?

PROM TRUCKERS -- Mitchell Tideswell and Toba Ibrahim make a well-articulated entrance!

PROM TRUCKERS -- Mitchell Tideswell and Toba Ibrahim make a well-articulated entrance!

The honours went to Liam Briggs and Georgina Haynes.

Added Mr Roberts: “The camaraderie between the staff and students was there for all to see at the prom. Everyone had a brilliant evening.”

Party-goers followed the traditional rules of a prom, with the girls dressing in beautiful gowns and the boys pulling on stylish suits.

Several of the teenagers also arrived in a range of different vehicles, with a couple of lads turning up in an articulated lorry!

TASTY TREAT -- Lauren Young and Chelsea Wright tuck into the chocolate fountain

TASTY TREAT -- Lauren Young and Chelsea Wright tuck into the chocolate fountain

Other ‘chariots’ included Rolls-Royces, Hummers, limousines and a top-of-the-range Audi R8 sports car.

The evening included a luxury buffet and disco — and the centrepiece was a delicious chocolate fountain.

Each of the pupils who attended the prom will be presented with a DVD packed with photographs from the evening.

“Some of the students must have spent a fortune on their outfits and transport,” said Mr Roberts. “But it all added to a great occasion.”

Many of the pupils are now expected to return to the Academy after the summer to continue their studies towards A-levels and vocational qualifications at its flourishing sixth form.