Llanishen high School open a Sustainable Prom Store


Llanishen High School are taking a whole school approach to sustainability and reducing waste, have opened a prom shop in a bid to tackle throwaway culture.

Pupils can borrow any outfit for their end of school prom, free of charge and return it after the event, thanks to generous donations of suits and dresses.

The initiative also addresses the financial pressures that many families are currently experiencing, due to the cost of living crisis.

Headteacher, Sarah Parry explains; "In terms of uniform and clothes, we want to tackle the throwaway culture that exists, particularly in fast fashion.

"The cost of a school prom can be prohibitive for some families which goes against our school principles of equity and inclusion.

"Members of staff, school governors and parents have brought in beautiful items including dresses and suits, and after reaching out to Zara in the city centre, we have receivedcontributions including handbags shoes and accessories."

She added, "The scheme has been hugely motivating for many of our students who really enjoyed browsing through the prom store and trying on a wide selection of dresses/suits until they find the one that they like."

Cabinet Member for Education, Employment and Skills, Cllr Sarah Merry praised the school and said: "This is a wonderful idea and will benefit a great deal of families from the school.

"The end of year school prom is a rite of passage for many young people but it comes with a price tag. I hope that this will inspire other schools to develop their own sustainable clothes initiatives, helping to ensure that no pupil feels excluded."