A ‘heroes’ farewell for Downham Market Academy students at prom

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More than 150 year 11 Downham Academy students enjoyed a touch of Hollywood at their prom on Friday to celebrate their time at the school.

As is tradition, pupils arrived in style via tractors, lorries, limos, motorbikes, sports cars and vintage buses.

Deputy head of Europe house at the academy, Julie Watts, said: “All students and staff had a fantastic time, even though there was a spot of rain.

“It really is the event of the year for us.”

During the evening, the students were presented with a video, which included the lip-syncing and theatrical efforts of more than 40 members of staff, to bid them farewell via a performance of Bonnie Tyler’s Holding Out For A Hero.

Staff can be seen taking on the personas of James Bond, Indiana Jones, Harley Quinn and Doctor Who, among others.

The video, which was produced by head of media studies Ian Gooda and directed by former student Sam Lance, has had more than 7,500 views on YouTube since it was published on Friday.

It follows the success of last year’s leavers’ video - their version of Queen’s Don’t Stop Me Now - which gathered more than 22,000 views on the site.

Mr Gooda said: “In a culture growing more fixated on results data, there are still teachers who are willing to celebrate the students’ successes with them during the more human moments as well, not just on results day.”

To watch the video, go to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGvNA2ejfHQ