A decade on: Lincoln school celebrates day centre partnership

A school which helped save a day care centre from closure a decade ago has celebrated its ongoing partnership with a special tea party.

Over the past ten years staff and pupils at Sir Robert Pattinson Academy have raised thousands of pounds to support the North Hykeham Day Centre.

To celebrate, 15 pupils from the school and 15 users of the centre, plus their carers, joined together for a tea party in the school hall.

They enjoyed a traditional English tea while being entertained by students from the school who performed various musical items, including two George Formby numbers on the ukulele, a guitar solo and a beautiful vocal
rendition of an Elton John song by a Year 7 student.

Ten years on, the relationship between the school and centre is still going strong.

Ten years on, the relationship between the school and centre is still going strong.

The school was approached in 2005 by the day centre management after they experienced financial difficulties and were faced with possible closure.

The Student Council at the time discussed the situation and decided they wanted to help, and so offered to adopt the Centre. An official “adoption certificate” was signed by both parties in 2005.

Since then the school has raised money for the centre, through its annual Summer Carnival. The funds have helped support the centre and paid for the annual Christmas party, which is held at the school and hosted by the students.

In return the centre has supported the school by offering valuable work experience placements.

Sir Robert Pattinson Academy head teacher Helen Renard said: “I am hugely proud of the many hundreds of our school students who have, over the years, shown incredible effort and commitment to support the centre.

“We are grateful for the friendships we have forged with the clients and staff over the years and are looking forward to many more years of working together and learning from each other.”