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Parents rally to give Ormiston Sudbury Academy leavers big final send-off by organising alternative prom night




Parents determined to give this year’s Sudbury school leavers a big final send-off, following a difficult two years caused by Covid-19, have rallied to set up an alternative prom night, to be held next month.

Students graduating from Year 11 at Ormiston Sudbury Academy (OSA) have been invited to attend a parent-organised leavers’ prom at Acton Village Hall on Saturday, August 14, from 6.30pm to 10pm – just days after they collect their A-level results.

The year group received a bombastic farewell last month, when pupils and staff performed ‘From Now On’ from the musical The Greatest Showman, with a video recording of the performance going viral after being posted onto the online video platform TikTok.

(L-R)Parents, Susanne Double, Claire Norfolk and Linda Nice have organised a Yr11 leavers prom at Ormiston Sudbury Academy after the school cancelled the offical event due to Covid..Pic - Richard Marsham/www.rmg-photography.co.uk. (49087528)
(L-R)Parents, Susanne Double, Claire Norfolk and Linda Nice have organised a Yr11 leavers prom at Ormiston Sudbury Academy after the school cancelled the offical event due to Covid..Pic - Richard Marsham/www.rmg-photography.co.uk. (49087528)

However, the school’s planned leavers’ prom event had to be cancelled due to coronavirus restrictions, prompting a group of parents to step in to fill the void.

Suzanne Double, a member of the organising team, whose daughter is in the outgoing Year 11 group, said the occasion is being financed solely by donations and ticket sales, and they are eager to reach as many parents as possible.

She told the Free Press: “The school couldn’t do anything outside of term time and had to cancel, so the parents decided we have to give the Year 11s a prom.

(L-R)Parents, Susanne Double, Claire Norfolk and Linda Nice have organised a Yr11 leavers prom at Ormiston Sudbury Academy after the school cancelled the offical event due to Covid..Pic - Richard Marsham/www.rmg-photography.co.uk. (49087527)
(L-R)Parents, Susanne Double, Claire Norfolk and Linda Nice have organised a Yr11 leavers prom at Ormiston Sudbury Academy after the school cancelled the offical event due to Covid..Pic - Richard Marsham/www.rmg-photography.co.uk. (49087527)

“We’ve got over 50 parents on our WhatsApp group. We’ve had some great support from local businesses too, which has enabled us to do this for the leavers, who have had a very tough two years.

“We’re all rallying together, because the kids have worked so hard, trying to cope with not having their exams and having everything change on them constantly. They just deserve a big party.”

The prom night will include a DJ, balloon and flower decorations and catering, and the organisers say donations to support the event are still welcome.

To learn more about the prom night and to purchase tickets for the event, send an email to Suzanne.Double@sky.com.