Students across West Norfolk are beginning to celebrate the end of their exams at their schools’ respective proms.
Events have been scheduled for pupils at all of the area’s secondary schools over the coming weeks as the anxieties of revision finally draw to a close for hundreds of teenagers.
However, for some of the King Edward VII Academy sixth formers attending their leavers’ dinner at the Duke’s Head Hotel on Friday night, the celebrations were nothing more than a pause from their exam preparations.
Sixth form administrator Linda Balls said that was because the school’s final A level exam for this year, in Classics, is taking place today.
She said: “They had to take a break from their revision for a night.”
Around 90 students and staff attended the KES celebration, which had a theme based on the James Bond film, Casino Royale.
And Mrs Balls said: “It was a lovely way for them to end their time at the school and for us to say goodbye to them and have a lovely evening with them.”
She thanked both the hotel and the Phase One Roadshow for their support of the festivities.
Also celebrating on Friday were the Year 11 students at the Marshland High School in West Walton where, amid the continuing uncertainty about his old job, the distinctive white crash helmet of Top Gear’s Stig was seen among the chauffeurs bringing the guests to the school for the evening.
More than 100 students attended the celebration, arriving in a variety of transport – including a fire engine, classic vehicles, sports cars and a horse and carriage.
There was a masquerade theme to the decoration of the school hall for the event.
And a school spokesman said: “A number of students had a massive input with the theme, creating beautiful masks in their spare time.
“They were brilliant. Staff got involved and served soft drinks and everyone stayed to the very end. There was a super atmosphere.”