When Hessle High School announced they would hold a school prom, they expected everyone to be excited.

But for one pupil, the news was met with disappointment after she confided in her teacher that her family couldn't afford the cost of a prom dress, typically around £500, and she'd be forced to miss out.

Keen to make sure every child could experience the end-of-year celebration, the school decided to open its own 'Prom Shop' and ask for donations of everything from occasion dresses to high-heeled shoes and clutch bags, and suits for the boys.

The shop has been so successful that staff are overwhelmed with the response - with donations coming from afar as London.

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Tracy Taylor, Head of Year 11, said: "The students were extremely excited when we announced the news, but afterwards one student confided that she wouldn't be able to attend the prom as her mum just could not afford a dress.

"This made us take stock of the expense of outfits for one evening and as we are aware that many families have had a difficult year, and prom dresses can be up to £500. "

With the help of Assistant Head of Year 11, Kelly Staveley, they put out appeals for donations and were overwhelmed with the response.

Mrs Taylor said: "Our original plan was to have a few suits, shoes and half a dozen dresses to loan out, but incredibly our idea has now been shared across social media and we are receiving lots of donations of dresses, shoes and suits. Lots of these are new or worn once only.

"People from as far as London have offered to donate and local businesses are supporting us too. Ex-students, current sixth form students, teachers, catering and facilities staff have all been amazing at collecting items for our students. It is extremely humbling to see people’s efforts making a difference to the experience of our young people."

The Prom Shop will be strictly by appointment only and only snippets of items are being displayed in their online catalogue - so that pupils do not know which items have been loaned.

Pupils will just pay £10 to cover the cost of having the items dry-cleaned ready to be re-used the following year for the next set of Year 11s.

Operations Manager Sarah Greenley added: "Re-using items for future years also supports our awareness of sustainability in school, and the importance of recycling.

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"When Mrs Taylor and Miss Staveley announced their plan to the students, they were thrilled at the thought of vintage outfits and very responsibly thought it was a great idea to help their parents afford the cost of the evening, as they are well aware that times have been difficult for some families."

Mrs Taylor added: "We will not display the full outfit to the students in our online catalogue, just some images of close up details, colour and size. To view the outfits in the correct size in full, students will book an appointment with Mrs Taylor or Miss Staveley. This way no-one will know who is in a loaned outfit on the night.

"We hope in the future that all schools across the the Consortium Academy Trust will join us in order to have a central store to share outfits across Hull and the East Riding. Maybe next year we could hold a fashion show."