STUDENTS sparkled in evening wear, black tie and even a tiara or two for Derwen College’s 2018 Prom.

The red carpet event saw learners dress up to the nines for the annual end of year celebration at the college for young adults with learning difficulties and disabilities.

There were tears of joy and sadness as students celebrated another academic year of hard work, learning and new friendships; with many enjoying their last prom before moving on to pastures new.

The event, held at Derwen College, in Gobowen, was organised by the Student Union Board, and made possible due to support of local businesses and dedicated staff; Oswestry architects DPA, Stan’s Superstore in Oswestry, Sainsbury’s Oswestry, and Jamie Ward’s Traditional Family Butchers donated funds to help create a special and memorable occasion for the students. Money was also raised through the sale of home-made fudge by Derwen College baker and food operative Angharad Davies.

Sarah Lazlo, the college's learner voice co-ordinator, thanked everyone involved in making the Prom such a fabulous occasion.

She said: “Thanks to all the students who went the extra mile to create a prom that was full of glamour and fun. It was a wonderful farewell to our learners who are leaving us this year, and a celebration of all the work that we’ve done over the past academic year.

“Thanks also to our sponsors who helped make the evening special with their generous donations, and to Angharad for making delicious fudge that sold out almost as soon as it had set.

“A massive thank you to everyone who contributed to make Prom such a lovely event this year. The students had a great evening with lots of fabulous memories made!”

Derwen College works with young people with learning difficulties and disabilities, providing inspirational learning, development and care to enable the achievement of aspirations which transforms lives.

The college has received three consecutive Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ gradings, and recently won a National Union of Students Democracy Award for the work achieved through its Student Union Board.