Parents save the day after Covid cancels prom

A celebration to mark the end of school life for year eleven pupils in Cullompton is set to go-ahead after their prom was cancelled.

DevonLive reported that Cullompton Community College’s (CCC) prom due to take place on Wednesday, July 21 at Woodbury Park had been called off.

The school last week made the announcement that contact tracing had removed the majority of Woodbury Park’s staff and they were no longer able to deliver the prom.

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Parents and supporters of CCC set out to find an alternate venue for a party following the news and have now arranged to hold a party at Cullompton Rugby Club on Wednesday, July 21 from 6.30pm until 9.30pm.

One of the organisers, who wishes to remain anonymous said: “It’s more kind of party than actual prom purely because of time constraints.

“It’s a case of wanting the students to be able to celebrate the end of one chapter and that start of the next.

“Thanks to social media I think we have managed to get hold of majority of the year group.

“It’s always amazing how the kids can send one little message around 100 or so students.”

Meanwhile, Tiverton High School told parents on Monday, July 19, that their planned event at Tiverton Hotel, will be moved to September 9.

Headteacher Sammy Crook said: “As with so many school decisions at this time this has not been taken lightly, and has been made in the interests of student and staff health and safety, at a time when we see large numbers of cases confirmed in the community.

“While many of you will know that most Covid restrictions have been lifted, as a school there are still legal requirements on us for self-isolation and testing regime, some of which will be lifted on August 16.

“Currently we are seeing a spike in Covid cases and the need for people to self- isolate. Many students will be unable to attend the prom, which seems hugely unfair after the stresses and strains they’ve faced through the pandemic. We also face pressure around staff availability for the same reason.”

Uffculme School’s prom is set to take place at Oake Manor in Somerset today – Tuesday, July 20.

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