Class of 2019 - Year 11 Prom

Last Friday night, Withernsea High School’s Year 11 cohort celebrated the end of their GCSE exams in style as they dressed to impress for the annual Year 11 Prom.

The event is a firm favourite in the school’s events calendar - bringing together staff and students in a shared celebration to mark the end of five years of compulsory education at the school.

This year, 88 students and approximately 40 teaching and non-teaching staff enjoyed a memorable evening at the Country Park Inn on Hessle Foreshore, with the continuing good weather and the stunning backdrop of the Humber Bridge providing an excellent photogenic setting for the occasion.

In keeping with tradition, many students first gathered at the school to pose for photographs with friends and family before making their way to the venue in a variety of hired vehicles.

Upon arrival, attendees were each presented with a copy of the 2019 Yearbook and a special leavers’ ‘survival kit’. They were also treated to speeches and videos which captured highlights of their time in high school.

The school’s successful Prom Points system, which sees students rewarded with either free or half-price tickets based on their attitude to learning, once again proved to be an effective incentive with a large number of students securing a complimentary ticket. This result is testament to the hard-work and commitment to learning that students have displayed at a pivotal time in their education.

With the tickets covering the cost of the venue and the evening’s meal, the students were also set a fundraising target of £1,800 to raise money towards the cost of enhancements to make the event extra special. These enhancements included the yearbook, a photobooth, gifts, decorations and entertainment.

The students rose to the challenge and set about fundraising with a Bag Pack at Tesco in Withernsea raising £480 and a sponsored boys’ leg wax raising £305. A number of Bake Sales and other events, such as a chocolate hamper raffle, helped to take the overall figure past £1,200.

Thanks to generous donations from the Fincham Family of Golden Sands Holiday Park; Frank Hill & Son (Architectural Services) Ltd and the Patrington Christmas Lights event, the student’s comfortably reached their fundraising goal.

During the evening’s speeches, two students were recognised and rewarded for their efforts after being named as the events’ top fundraisers. Ruth Chapman raised an impressive £200 by taking part in a sponsored silence while Barney Morley raised almost £100 in sponsorship for his involvement in the sponsored leg wax. Each were rewarded with a gift voucher to thank them for their contributions.

The Class of 2019 Prom was a resounding success and a fitting way for the students to celebrate the end of their high school education.

The event was organised by Withernsea High School staff members Zoie Wiseman and Tim Nuttall.

Mr Nuttall commented: 'On behalf of the school and the Year 11 students, I would like to thank Miss Wiseman and everyone else involved for the hard work put in behind the scenes. From fundraising to finalising plans for the event itself, many people were involved in ensuring the event was a great success.

I would also like to say a particular thank you to the local businesses and members of the wider school community for their generous donations and support in helping our students achieve their fundraising target. I know all the students thoroughly appreciated and enjoyed the evening.

We look forward to welcoming some of the cohort back to Sixth Form in September, but for those who are leaving us for different opportunities, we would like to wish them the very best of luck for whatever the future brings.'


Photo credit: Tim Nuttall / Withernsea High School


Photo credit: Tim Nuttall / Withernsea High School


Photo credit: Tim Nuttall / Withernsea High School

Photo credit: Tim Nuttall / Withernsea High School

Photo credit: Tim Nuttall / Withernsea High School

Photo credit: Tim Nuttall / Withernsea High School


Photo credit: Tim Nuttall / Withernsea High School


Photo credit: Tim Nuttall / Withernsea High School


Photo credit: Tim Nuttall / Withernsea High School

Photo credit: Tim Nuttall / Withernsea High School

Photo credit: Tim Nuttall / Withernsea High School


Photo credit: Tim Nuttall / Withernsea High School


Photo credit: Tim Nuttall / Withernsea High School


Photo credit: Tim Nuttall / Withernsea High School


Photo credit: Tim Nuttall / Withernsea High School


Photo credit: Tim Nuttall / Withernsea High School


Photo credit: Tim Nuttall / Withernsea High School


Photo credit: Tim Nuttall / Withernsea High School


Photo credit: Tim Nuttall / Withernsea High School


Photo credit: Tim Nuttall / Withernsea High School


Photo credit: Tim Nuttall / Withernsea High School


Photo credit: Tim Nuttall / Withernsea High School


Photo credit: Tim Nuttall / Withernsea High School


Photo credit: Tim Nuttall / Withernsea High School


Photo credit: Tim Nuttall / Withernsea High School


Photo credit: Tim Nuttall / Withernsea High School


Photo credit: Tim Nuttall / Withernsea High School


Photo credit: Tim Nuttall / Withernsea High School


Photo credit: Terry Bearpark / Holderness Gazette


Photo credit: Terry Bearpark / Holderness Gazette


Photo credit: Terry Bearpark / Holderness Gazette


Photo credit: Terry Bearpark / Holderness Gazette


Photo credit: Terry Bearpark / Holderness Gazette


Photo credit: Terry Bearpark / Holderness Gazette


Photo credit: Terry Bearpark / Holderness Gazette


Photo credit: Terry Bearpark / Holderness Gazette


Photo credit: Terry Bearpark / Holderness Gazette


Photo credit: Terry Bearpark / Holderness Gazette


Photo credit: Jerome Ellerby / Hull Daily Mail


Photo credit: Jerome Ellerby / Hull Daily Mail


Photo credit: Jerome Ellerby / Hull Daily Mail


Photo credit: Jerome Ellerby / Hull Daily Mail 


Photo credit: Jerome Ellerby / Hull Daily Mail


Photo credit: Jerome Ellerby / Hull Daily Mail


Photo credit: Jerome Ellerby / Hull Daily Mail


Photo credit: Jerome Ellerby / Hull Daily Mail


Photo credit: Jerome Ellerby / Hull Daily Mail


Photo credit: Jerome Ellerby / Hull Daily Mail


Photo credit: Jerome Ellerby / Hull Daily Mail


Photo credit: Jerome Ellerby / Hull Daily Mail


Photo credit: Jerome Ellerby / Hull Daily Mail


Photo credit: Jerome Ellerby / Hull Daily Mail


Photo credit: Jerome Ellerby / Hull Daily Mail


ABOVE: Year 11 student Barney Morley takes part in the Prom's fundraising Leg Wax. He helped to raise almost £100 and was one of the Prom's top fundraisers.


ABOVE: Year 11 student Ruth Chapman helped to raise £200 through a sponsored silence. Ruth is pictured above with Zoie Wiseman (Prom Organiser) and her dad Carl Chapman who kindly offered a donation from Frank Hill & Son (Architectural Services) Ltd alongside Ruth's contribution.