Cost of School Prom
Jun 4 2009 Huddersfield Daily Examiner
Parental cost of USA-style Prom Night
THEY want it to be the most important night of their young lives.
Year 11 students across Kirklees are planning their very own red carpet treatments at School Prom events in coming weeks.
While they are currently sitting their GCSE examinations, the main focus of their attention is the end of term bash.
But many have now become more costly and elaborate affairs based on the American-style prom.
Stretch limousines, catwalk dresses and hours in a beauty salon can soon add up to hundreds of pounds which can be a drain on the average families finances.
For parents of girls, the Prom night bill could well top £370, while for boys it’s likely to be at least £80.
At the Netherhall Learning Campus in Rawthorpe, the forthcoming School Prom at Casa in Brighouse on June 19 is the talk of the campus.
“Everyone’s very excited, we’ve been talking about it for months,” said Selina Cole, who is part of the school’s prom organising committee.
“People talk about the Prom night from year eight, it’s really important,” she said.
Emina Hotic said the Prom night was a great way to celebrate the end of the exams.
“We want it to be a night to remember. It’s the last thing you are going to do before you leave and it needs to special,” she said.
Sophie Jenkinson said dates had already been arranged for the night, with boys asking girls earlier in the year in some cases if they could take them to the prom.
Many students’ parents are footing the hefty bill, but at the Rawthorpe campus fundraising is done throughout the year to ensure the costs are kept right down.
Sam Diskin, the school’s key stage four assistant co-ordinator said the prom had become more extravagant over the years.
The first which the school held was in 2003 and was held at the Huddersfield Hotel. Students paid £5 each and the food was bought by staff from a supermarket.
Now the prom had developed and a committee had been formed to raise funds.
“We are very anxious, and aware that our parents struggle to meet these costs as the prom has developed.
“We know that parents don’t want to let their kids down. That is why the committee was formed and they have worked really hard this year to raise funds and make the evening a success.
“Events organised to raise funds have included sponsored walks, sleepovers, cake sales, car boot sale and a sponsored slim by head of drama Lucy Eastwood and educational teaching assistant Helen McCaherty”.
A £20 ticket price will now include transport in limousines, food and entertainment at the venue.
But dresses, hair and make-up for the girls and tuxedoes for the boys will all bump up the cost.
A Prom Queen and Prom King will be chosen on the night.
“The boys often go to town on their outfits as much as the girls,” Sam added.
“We have had them buying corsages and one boy even wore a pink suit one year!”
PROM PRICES (GIRLS)
Dress £230 upwards
Hair £80 (extensions)
PROM PRICES (BOYS)
Suit (to hire) £30
Waistcoat hire £5
Shoe hire £15