Learners from The Orchard, an independent school for young children aged 11 to 16 years with additional needs based across three sites in Grimsby, recently welcomed staff and residents from Royal Court Care Home in Cleethorpes, to the school’s Sargon site for a visit.
Having hosted the learners at the care home on previous visits, staff and learners from the school were keen to repay the favour and welcomed residents from the local care home with tea, biscuits and a range of creative activities.
The Orchard School, part of the Melrose Education group whose priority is to positively change education outcomes for all of their learners, is keen to continue to build these intergenerational relationships and enrich the lives of both the residents and learners along the way.
Steve Broderick, Executive Principal at The Orchard, said: “We loved hosting this visit. We are very grateful for our partnership with Royal Court Care Home, and feel proud of our learners who made our visitors feel very welcome on the day. Last month, some of our learners also visited residents at the home, and in preparation, they had to discuss, plan and shop for a range of Easter-themed activities that they thought the residents would enjoy. It was so nice to see such a diverse range of people and ages, chatting and playing games together”.
Steve added: “Life skills are a big part of what we do here at The Orchard, helping to prepare our learners for life after school. Getting out and about in our local community, helping to enrich the lives of others whilst building confidence along the way is an important part of the journey for our learners”.