PICTURES: Worthing High School prom

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A HELICOPTER was the show-stopping mode of transport selected by three students for their arrival at Worthing High School’s leavers ball.

Ryan Brock-Matthews, Joe Ryan and Jack Hughes were watched by their friends as they landed in the helicopter at Avisford Park Hotel near Arundel.

Jen Bacchus & Samara Pulling

Jen Bacchus & Samara Pulling

A pink limousine, a VW lovebug and scooters were among the other choices of transportation used for the school’s prom, which was attended by more than 185 students.

Karen Hayler, business manager, said: “Carriages arrived from 6.30pm and hundreds of family and friends watched the students arrive. A local acoustic jazz band entertained everyone while the students were arriving at the venue and continued to play as the students went through for pre-dinner drinks.

“During the three-course dinner, students were entertained by Chris Nicolson a professional close-up magician, cabaret entertainer and star of Challenge TV’s 10 part street magic series Playing Tricks A disco then followed the formal speeches.”

Over the last nine months, year-11 students raised funds for the event, holding a spring fayre, car boot sale and also fashion show, raising in excess of £1,000 towards the event.

Carolyn Dickinson deputy head teacher, added: “The prom night is a lovely way for us to celebrate the achievement of our year-11 pupils as a school, just before they leave secondary education. As staff watched the students arrive at the venue we were reminded of how much progress they have all made since joining us four years ago. It was a very proud night for the school and one we and the students will always remember.”