It is a date, Frome College sets date and venue for prom and it WILL be special

By Susie Watkins

11th Feb 2024 | Local News

Wow: Last year's prom at Frome College was a delight. credit Chris Bailey Photography
Wow: Last year's prom at Frome College was a delight. credit Chris Bailey Photography

Frome College this year will be holding a special Prom Night and they promise that it will be as amazing and incredible as it was last year, without the huge price tag.

It will be held on the campus again, which has led to a few parents asking could it not be somewhere more 'special',

But with 300 students in the year, and the event strictly not for profit, the College is keen to include everyone and says it WILL be amazing.

If last year's event is anything to go students have an incredible time, even if the venue is the same place they study.

With proms now becoming an ever more expensive night for those celebrating the end of school, they want to make sure NO ONE is excluded.

They said: " Year 11 when looking at Prom for the year 11s, our first priority is the safeguarding of the students, closely followed by inclusivity and fairness. 

"We have over 300 students in the current year 11. It's our aim that every student could come to Prom if they wish too. We believe it's unfair to limit ticket numbers to less than the cohort numbers."

But there are also practical considerations, and say they have been unable to find a venue big enough and safe enough to take all the students, within safe walking distance of central Frome.

While it is now quite the major event, with stretch limos not unusual, not everybody can afford a car to take them to end of year party.

As for taking it to Longleat - well that is no longer possible not least because Centre Parcs no longer accept bookings, because they do not make profit from what cannot be an alcoholic event.

Using local businesses too

"Keep in mind that these students are still considered minors at this point" explained From College. They are within the legal school age, so our responsibility and that means any venue has to have complete lockdown - no public allowed in. This would push up the price further. "

Frome College use local businesses to support Prom Night and the ticket price includes everything - unlimited food and drinks, the decor, DJ, band, photographs, selfie booth and security.

Last year the tickets were £25 and around 30 staff gave their time up for free to help host the night. 

No spoilers - we put on a great party

The College spokesperson added: " I don't want to spoil the surprise, so I won't give away too much, but we put on a great party. See the comments from last year.

"As for the argument that it could return to Longleat; Centre Parcs no longer take proms, it is not profitable for them as it's no alcohol.

"And the Cheese & Grain, well we have our own big empty spaces, which are free to hire, and we get an event company in to decorate to a very high standard, both in and outside. We want to give our students the best we can. "

Heartwarming comments from last year

If you didn't think it was special, a few comments from last year will definitely change your mind.

"Miss, it's beautiful! I didn't expect this"; "Is this all for us? Have you done all this just for us?"

Prom Night has grown in popularity since being 'imported' from America where, according to the Dress web site, nails, hair, makeup and shoes and that dress of course, can cost the average teen, or perhaps a parent, over a thousand dollars.

But it is not about the price tag, and as Frome College is keen to stress, it is about making it a special time for students.

" It is hard work, " they told us. " But it is worth it and the hardest part of all is getting them to leave!"


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