Colourful characters in costume for Attleborough Academy’s Year 13 leavers’ day

Attleborough Academy's Year 13 s dressed up for their leavers' day. Picture: Courtesy of Attleboroug

Attleborough Academy's Year 13 s dressed up for their leavers' day. Picture: Courtesy of Attleborough Academy - Credit: Archant

Alice in Wonderland characters, the Grinch, the royal family, fairies and even Bananas in Pyjamas were all part of a school leavers' day at Attleborough Academy.

Year-13 students dressed up as all kinds of colourful characters to mark the final stretch of their secondary school education.

Tutus, a lion costume, and Jim Carey's character from The Mask also provided inspiration for students' costumes on the day.

For most of the group, it marked the end of seven years spent at the school after starting year-seven aged just 11.

The students will, however, continue to attend lessons until their final exams in each subject.

After a morning of classes, the sixth formers went to a celebration assembly led by the school's head of sixth form, Andy Cole.

They shared memories and told stories about funny things that had occurred in their lives at the academy, and Mr Cole related anecdotes about individuals and groups of students, showing photos and videos.

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Mr Cole said he was delighted with what the group had achieved both academically and within the school community.

He said: 'We are very proud of the group of young people who are leaving us this year.

'They are a credit to themselves and their community, and we wish them the very best of luck for the future.'

The students then spent time with their sixth form tutors and later enjoyed an afternoon on the school's playing fields for games of rounders.

They also had a barbecue whilst they gathered for group photos with the friends and teachers.

Neil McShane, the school's principal, praised the students' achievement and wished them well for their lives beyond the academy.

Mr McShane said: 'This year-13 group have shown great commitment to their studies in response to the expert guidance of our staff and we wish them all the very best in the next stage of their lives.

'They have been excellent role models for the rest of the academy. We know they are now well equipped to continue their journey into further education and the world of work.'

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