Hair and Beauty students show off skills in Halloween themed competition

As part of the new additional learning goal, students on hair and beauty courses across all levels were invited to take part in a Halloween themed skills competition.

Working in pairs or threes, the groups had four weeks to prepare their ideas ahead of the final competition on Wednesday 21st October 2015, with judging by Principal Debra Forsythe-Conroy, Head of School Penny Garner, media makeup tutor Louise Stone, hairdressing tutor Denise Cain and Marketing coordinator Grace Todd.

Media make up

Despite having been given the same brief, the groups of students all came up with individual concepts and designs that were extremely well executed. They only had two hours to create the finished look from top to bottom, with as much or as little detail as they so wished.

Media make up

Some groups went for minimalistic makeup and hair with a traditional Halloween theme, whilst others went to town with costumes, special effects make up and striking hair styles for maximum effect.

Media make up

As the media make up room filled with more and more hair spray, students were hard at work creating their masterpieces, all in with a chance of winning first place.

Media makeup

“This group has come so far in five weeks since beginning the term, they’ve all achieved a great deal, some have never even touched make up before today! We’re all really looking forward to what else they will achieve.” – Louise Stone, media make up tutor.

Media makeup

“The judging was incredibly hard as all the entries were sublime. It’s easy to see the sheer amount of hard work and effort that has gone into these creations; I can’t wait to see what’s in store at the Christmas themed skills competition.” – Grace Todd, Marketing Coordinator.


3.30pm came around and it was time to down tools. The 10 models lined up nervously for the judges to have a closer look. The room was silent apart from the gasps in awe of the outstanding hair and makeup.


It was an extremely tough decision for the judges, but a decision that had to be made…

Third Place: Dead Doll

Jessica Darlington, Abigail Shuttleworth and Holly Quantril

Dead Doll

Second Place: Ghost Ship

Joanna Bond and Sarah Tennison

Ghost Ship

First Place: Ice Queen

Ashley Wood and Olivia Kendle

Ice Queen

“Congratulations to the winners but also to all students who took part and made such a fantastic effort! Onwards to the next skills competition!” – Louise Stone, media makeup tutor.


Principal Debra Forsythe-Conroy with winning hair and beauty students.


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