TEARS of joy mingled with fun and laughter as students celebrated a very special prom night with their friends, teachers and families.

It was a milestone for several pupils who had attended Hebden Green Community School in Winsford since they were two years old.

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Post 16 teacher Faye Bye said: "It was very emotional as some of our students have been at the school for 17 years. We have watched them grow and develop and become as independent as they possibly can be.

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"It is a massive milestone. Some of our children have a lot to deal with in their lives. We wanted to celebrate all that they have achieved as we helped them to develop the life skills and independence they need to prepare for adulthood."

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Nicky Bird, whose 19-year-old son Justin was one of the leavers, gave a moving speech to thank the school and teachers for all their dedication, support and commitment.

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Jake Hesp, 19, has also been at the school since he was two.

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Hebden Green is an outstanding specialist school for children aged two to19 years who have a broad range of physical disabilities, medical needs and associated learning difficulties.

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Students worked with staff to plan the celebration at Hartford Golf Club, organised by teaching assistant Claire Tierney.

A buffet was followed by dancing with light-hearted awards and fun posed pictures.

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The school wants to thank everyone who helped to make the event such a success.

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Faye added: "We want to say a special thank you to photographer Duncan Cowley who donated his time to capture the evening so we can cherish forever all our memories with his fantastic photographs."

We are an Outstanding specialist school for children aged 2 to19 years who have a broad range of physical disabilitiesmedical needs and associated learning difficulties. Our interagency teams work seamlessly throughout the day to provide the very best

opportunities for all children and young adults. We see our students as ‘whole students’, providing the best access to therapies such as hydrotherapy, speech and language therapy and physiotherapy.