Priory School has a decade old tradition of seeing off their GCSE students in style every year. But course this could not happen in June – there were no exams taken and the country was in lockdown.
Happily, the successful (to date) return to school earlier in the month and the nature of the current rules meant that with care and planning GCSE leavers could be treated to the full “red carpet” farewell on Friday, September 11 so they could say a formal goodbye to the school and the school could cheer them on to their future careers.
So Year 11 – or Senior 5 as it is known at Priory – donned their finery and walked the red carpet, enthusiastically clapped on by the whole school, to their waiting transport that would take them to a final celebratory lunch at Albert Cottage – The Southern Vectis ‘Old Girl’ open top bus! They had a short tour of parts of the island, waving from the top as befitted students from Queen Victoria’s old school at Whippingham to all spectators as they passed by in style.
The students together with their invited tutors then enjoyed a delicious three-course meal at Albert Cottage. Its beautiful surroundings, the fine weather and the excellent service rounded off a memorable day.
All photos by Laura Holme of LH 4 Photography