School leavers sign off in style...

Head girl and boy Holly Sudworth and Daniel Jackson with Bedford Highs headteacher Helen Philips
Head girl and boy Holly Sudworth and Daniel Jackson with Bedford Highs headteacher Helen Philips

Pupils at Bedford High signed off in style, enjoying one of the biggest nights of their young lives at the school’s annual farewell prom.

Year 11 students ditched their uniforms for tuxedos and ball gowns for a sensational send-off from their time at Bedford High. The big night out was held at the Marriott Hotel and Country Club in nearby Worsley, where more than 100 leavers shook off the stresses and strains of the exam season for some serious celebrations.

Some revellers arrived in stretched limousines, one group in a huge Hummer, while another made a head-turning entrance in the back of an ice cream van.

Leading the celebrations were this year’s head girl and boy, Holly Sudworth and Daniel Jackson.

Holly said: “It’s all gone by so quickly. It seems like no time at all since I was arriving at Bedford for my first day in Year 7. Right from the start, everyone at the school made me feel welcome and I’ve received lots of encouragement and support during my time at the school.

“Being at Bedford has made me a more confident and outgoing person. It is like being part of a great big family.”

Holly hopes to go to university and eventually become a doctor.

Head boy Daniel was so inspired by his teachers he hopes to follow in their footsteps.

“It has been an amazing five years,” said Daniel. “We have all had so many fantastic experiences both in school and on trips. I think it has really prepared us to leave school behind and take our first steps into the wider world. I would definitely recommend Bedford to any parent as a great school for their children.”

The young people then danced the night away as they said their goodbyes.

Headteacher Helen Phillips said: “This has been another truly wonderful year group to work with. They have shown real dedication to their studies and faced the challenges of their exams admirably. We are looking towards results day when hopefully their hard work will be rewarded.”