Year 11 students and staff from ARK Kings Academy celebrate at the  leavers' prom

Our Year 11 students were on fine form last Friday (20th June) as they celebrated the end of their school days at the ARK Kings Academy Leavers’ Prom at the Westmead Hotel near Redditch.

The Leavers’ Prom is especially significant for ARK Kings students as it is the last occasion the year will meet as a single group. In September, students will go on to different schools, colleges and workplaces. This made the leavers’ prom an emotional occasion for both students and staff in attendance.

After dinner, teachers made heartfelt speeches to the class of 2014, encouraging them to have the highest aspirations for themselves and to go out and make a positive contribution to society. Acting Vice Principal Sean McCay said:

“We are very proud of the class of 2014 and the maturity you have shown in preparing for your exams. We are sad to see you go but are confident you will fulfil your potential and do great things in your lives.”


Next up, Year 11 leaver Reiss Chance presided over a light-hearted awards ceremony, based on votes from the class of 2014. Awards included:

  • Prom Queen: Lauren Black
  • Prom King: Usmaan Ali
  • Best Dressed Female: Keira Williams
  • Best Dressed Male: Travin Grant
  • Funniest Student: Reiss Chance

After the awards, the focus of the evening turned to dancing as students and staff showed off their best moves over a hits-packed disco soundtrack.


From the moment students began to arrive from half six, it was clear they had made an extra special effort this year. Students were dressed to impress, with the girls wearing beautiful ball dresses and the boys wearing smart suits. Many students also arrived in luxury cars, which they had hired especially for the occasion.


Now that the leavers’ prom is over, students’ attentions turn to GCSE results day on Thursday 21st August. Students will be hoping to see all their hard work translated into qualifications which they are proud of and which prepare them for further education and a career of their choice. 

Share Your Memories of School Prom

The Birmingham Mail will be publishing photos from school proms online and in print. For a chance to see your prom photos and memories in the Birmingham Mail, please visit their website via the link below and follow the instructions for uploading your photos to the site. 

Birmingham Mail School Proms 2014