Mayor drops in at Broadmead Primary for a community coffee

The Broadmead school choir performing for the Mayor of Croydon and her consort

The Mayor of Croydon, Bernadette Khan, has visited Broadmead Primary School to pay recognition to the outstanding work the school is doing within its community.

Every half term Broadmead organises a community coffee morning, in which parents and local community members are invited to discuss any local news or concerns, and to meet with other local partners and supporting organisations.

Broadmead Primary, on Sydenham Road in Selhurst, has 682 pupils and is part of the Pioneer Academy. It was named Croydon Primary School of the year in 2018 and Primary Champion School 2019.

Mayor of Croydon Bernadette Khan in discussion with Broadmead pupils

To mark the Mayor’s visit, Broadmead’s choir performed for the very first time to guests and parents, singing a mixture of traditional hymns and hit songs from the Oscar-winning movie, The Greatest Showman.

Mayor Khan praised the choir for their excellent performance and talked to children about the importance of pursuing their ambitions while at school.

The Mayor, who is a councillor for West Thornton ward, thanked both the school’s chair of governors, Donna Murray Turner, and the headteacher, Sarah Hunter, for their role in establishing the coffee mornings.

Hunter said, “We developed the community coffee mornings as a way of parents coming together and making links within the school community, but also getting support for themselves and their families and investigating what is available to them in the local area.”

Turner said, “It doesn’t matter whether you’re a parent here or not, everyone from the community is welcome. It’s a great place to come and find out what’s happening locally, and a chance to meet other people from the neighbourhood.

“Broadmead isn’t just a school for the children, it’s a school for the community.”

Broadmead’s next coffee morning will be taking place in June.

More information is published on the school’s website.

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