What a ride! Hemel Hempstead School prom steps up a gear

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Stretch limousines may have become a familiar sight at the typical British school prom, but Hemel Hempstead School pupils took it a step further with pimped-up rides at their glamorous end of year event.

Some travelled in style on the back of a Harley-Davidson or Ducati motorbike, while others kept it old school with a sleek black hummer.

Year 11 students at the Hemel Hempstead school prom.

Year 11 students at the Hemel Hempstead school prom.

But even classic cars and bikes were shown up by an ice-cream van and an army tank.

The Year 11 pupils turned out in red carpet-worthy attire to Apsley’s Shendish Manor Hotel to celebrate finishing their GCSEs and for some, leaving school for good.

But the glitzy event, at which 170 of the 180 Year 11s were present, had been under threat due to a prank by a small number of pupils on the last day after exams. Until the culprits, who had sprayed graffiti on the school, came forward, the prom was at risk of being cancelled.

The school’s Sharon Sepala, who helped pupils run the prom committee, said: “The prom was such an amazing occasion.

“We had a really strong committee that worked hard. They met once a week and held fundraisers such as cake sales and a raffle.

“The thing that hit home for me was when all the staff at Shendish Manor commented on their exemplary behaviour. The photographer on the night also said they were a credit to themselves and the school.

“All the parents had come to greet their sons and daughters, and there was a real community atmosphere on the night. I am really proud of them. ”

Pupil Owen Lloyd surprised classmates on the night with a DVD he had made of video footage and photos of the year group from across their time at the school.

Clark Davis and Isabel Briggs were voted prom king and queen by their fellow leavers.

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