AN enterprising school has collected nearly 100 “stunning” prom outfits students will be able to loan for their summer bash for just £10.
The donated dresses and suits will be showcased to Year 11 students at Goldthorpe’s The Dearne Advanced Learning Centre in a fashion show next week at the school.
The Prom Perfect outfit hire initiative aims to save pupils hundreds of pounds and was the brainchild of community group The Dearne Area Team.
The group works closely with the 182-pupil school and has been busy collecting donated outfits since last year.
The school’s head of careers, Catherine Carruthers, who is helping to manage the project, said: “Some of these outfits have only been worn for a couple of hours.
“More than 100 quality outfits have now been donated – we’ve got a wide range.
“It’s been fantastic, the collection we’ve got is stunning.”
The unique scheme has filled a gap in the market, said Catherine.
“Rental options around here are non-existent,” she said.
“We believe this scheme is a first of its kind and if it’s a success we would look at expanding it out to pupils in the whole of the Dearne, Rotherham and Barnsley.
“We hope students will take on the business themselves and manage it as an enterprise project next year and really run with it.”
The £10 fee pays for the outfit to be dry cleaned and leaves students with more cash to spare for other prom necessities.
Catherine added: “It just makes sense – there are so many prom dresses out there.
“My daughter’s prom was last year and if this project was around then I would have definitely used it.”
Donated outfits can be dropped off at Goldthorpe Library or at the Goldthorpe Road school.
The school is also hosting a Prom Fayre on Monday, February 5, which is open to all pupils from the Dearne and Rotherham and will feature businesses that can help pupils with their prom preparations.
Tickets cost £2 — for more information contact the school on 01709 892211.