School prom goes on despite strike threat

All dressed up:  Ridgewood School pupils, from left, Katy May McGuire, Kerriann Shaw, Hannah Strutt, all aged 16, Lauren Hooper and Amelia Collins, both aged 15.

All dressed up: Ridgewood School pupils, from left, Katy May McGuire, Kerriann Shaw, Hannah Strutt, all aged 16, Lauren Hooper and Amelia Collins, both aged 15.

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IT was the Doncaster end-of-term show they could not stop!

Hundreds of teenagers at Ridgewood School donned their suits and party frocks to say goodbye for the last time at an event which was saved by parents at the 11th hour.

Donning smart suits and party frocks: Ridgewood School pupils, from left, McAuley Gibb, aged 16, Ryan Livsey, Daryl Linggard-Foweather, Ashley Rushton, all aged 15, Sian Keywood, Jordan Davsion and Olivia Keywood, all aged 16. Pictures: Steve Taylor.

Donning smart suits and party frocks: Ridgewood School pupils, from left, McAuley Gibb, aged 16, Ryan Livsey, Daryl Linggard-Foweather, Ashley Rushton, all aged 15, Sian Keywood, Jordan Davsion and Olivia Keywood, all aged 16. Pictures: Steve Taylor.

Bosses at the Scawsby comprehensive decided to pull the plug on the event because it was happening on the same day as this week’s strike by the NUT and the ATL teachers’ unions.

But three of the school’s governors, Lynn Hall, Jacqui Carpenter and Julie Measures, who had children set to miss out, banded together to raise an army of parents to run the event.

The school agreed for them to take over and, after an appeal in The Star, a team of 36 helpers was recruited from the ranks of the parents.

And a fleet of stretch limousines outside the building finally arrived to deliver the pupils as originally planned.

Other interesting modes of transport included a former fire engine.

Delighted Lynn, who said her son Danny was devastated when he heard the prom was to be called off, said: “All the kids really enjoyed themselves so much, and they came up to the mums that had helped afterwards to say thanks. That made it all worthwhile.

“A couple of the teachers came in to say goodbye, too.

“It was very glamorous - there were some gorgeous dresses and the girls looked so glamorous and grown up, and the boys were so smart. It was fantastic for them.

“We knew how upset the children were about losing the prom. We were so pleased we managed to save it. It had been hard work since the end of last week when we first heard it was being cancelled, but every minute was worthwhile.

“Thanks to all the parents who helped.”

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