DEPARTING students saw out their final year of school in style by celebrating at their prom.

Year 11 students at Clacton Coastal Academy turned out smartly dressed for the occasion.

There was an added poignancy, with students remembering fellow student Ben Quartermaine.

Ben drowned after struggling in the waters near Clacton Pier last July.

Students Amy Langdale and Grace Kirby arrived at the prom with several motorcycles, alongside Ben’s mum Vicky.

The pair revealed a collage composed of pictures of Ben and were met by a huge round of applause from the assembled crowd.

Organiser Becky Rawlings said: “The fantastic reception that this entrance received certainly gave Ben the recognition he deserved.”

Staff wore either a pink corsage or a pink buttonhole in memory of the teenager - recognising his favourite colour.

With a 1920s theme, the prom featured an inflatable photo booth and a casino.

The students learned how to play roulette and blackjack.

Charley Leverno was crowned prom king, while the prom queen title was awarded to Tayler Denny.

The evening was capped off by a “superb” fireworks display.

Becky added: “It has been a pleasure to watch this year group grow into the kind, caring young men and women they are.

“This year has been incredibly difficult for them and they have certainly risen to the challenge.

“We wish them every success for the future.”