Inside Britain's most extravagant school prom where pupils wear £400 outfits and arrive in supercars

Students celebrating the end of their GCSEs began arriving at Sommervale School in Midsomer Norton, Somerset from 8am this morning.

Pupils from younger years and parents crowded around to get a glimpse of the vehicles they arrived in which included a VW camper van nicknamed Mr Happy and a vintage orange Mustang.

Other flash motors included a couple of open-top vintage Cadillacs, super-stretch limousines, souped-up muscle cars… and a scooter.

Preparations for today’s events which conclude with a meal and disco at a hotel in nearby Bath this evening began as far back as September.

Pupil Amber Sims, 16, arrived in the campervan with several girlfriends.

She said: "I've been looking forward to it for the past few months.

"I've been planning my outfit since the start of Year 11.

"We wanted something different from a limo so chose a camper van.”

Tori Collins, 15, arrived in the camper van with Amber, and said: "I got up at 5.30am to do my hair and make-up.

"We liked the way the camper van looked, and no-one else was doing it.

"It's good to be different, and it makes you stand out, but it's not a competition."

Her mother Sarah Collins, 48, said: "We've spent about £250 in total, on the car hire, two dresses, one for the daytime and one for the evening.

"Some people spent £400 just on a dress.

"It must be difficult for some parents but they do all seem to manage, some of them arrive in their parents cars which are decorated for the occasion."

The prom has been held for the past decade. In previous years pupils at the town’s two secondary schools have tried to upstage each other by arriving in ice cream vans, tractors, mobility scooters – and even a TANK.

The prom is used as an incentive by the school, and in order to go, pupils must have good attendance, good behaviour, and attend at least two revision sessions either after school or at lunchtime, per week.

Head teacher Jo Postlethwaite said: "They have to earn the right to have a prom. They have to have good attendance, good behaviour, and we added in the expectation that they attend extra lessons.

"It is not a right, it's a privilege.

"They are absolutely gorgeous, I'm so proud."

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