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THEY were expecting to get a dictionary to take up to high school as a leaving gift from primary school.But as they left their leavers assembly, a fleet of stretch limos and Hummers was waiting to whisk them off in style for a slap-up celebration.Staff
THEY were expecting to get a dictionary to take up to high school as a leaving gift from primary school.
But as they left their leavers' assembly, a fleet of stretch limos and Hummers was waiting to whisk them off in style for a slap-up celebration.
Staff and parents at Terrington St Clement Community School were in on the secret long before the convoy filed into the playground.
John Braybrook, head of Year Six, said: "They didn't know this was going to happen - normally one of the kids gets it and by lunchtime they all know.
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"The parents had a secret letter; one of the parents arranged it all. It's been a secret for a long time now."
Parent Claire Waldock runs a Cambridgeshire-based company called Limo Dreams, which specialises in hiring out the luxury cars, which come complete with disco floors, smoke machines and some seriously awesome hi-fi.
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Recent clients have included footballer Jermaine Defoe, celebrity shoppers hiring limos for trips to Harrods or the West End, wedding couples and funerals.
Mrs Waldock, whose son Joshua Lee was among the 59 leavers, said: "It's such a serious milestone, we just had to do it. It gives the children the opportunity to ride in a stretch limo as well."
She teamed up with fellow mums Jo Parnell, Helen Giles, Rachel Smith and Paula Stone to organise the school's first-ever prom.
Half the village turned out to watch the leavers board their transport before the convoy pulled out of the school gates to a fanfare of horns. After a tour of villages, the youngsters were set to hit Pizza Hut in nearby King's Lynn.
As the procession left, Mr Braybrook said: "They were a wonderful year. They exceeded our Sats results as a school."
But while staff are among the few in Norfolk celebrating the arrival of their test results, things looked less hopeful for Mr Braybroook on the catering front.
"I can't go, I've got to stay behind," he said. "I just hope they bring me back some pizza.