Bromley school nominated for community award

A Bromley school has been shortlisted for an award for its initiative to bridge the gap between age groups in the community.

Every week a group of children from Bickley Park School in Bickley visits the Crown Meadow Nursing Home where they read stories and play games with the elderly residents. The visits have brought enormous benefits to both the residents and the children.

Headteacher Patrick Wenham said: “Community is at our core here and all the children are taught the value of serving the wider society. We have a variety of outreach projects at Bickley Park involving residential care homes. Our older children provide entertainment for the residents, or we invite them in to school for social events.”

The initiative has earned the school a nomination for a Perrys Exceptional Community Award. Now in its third successful year, the Perrys Exceptional Awards, launched in 2016 by Kent-based accountants Perrys, aim to recognise inspirational and outstanding charities, individuals and businesses across the county.

Stewart Pope, CEO at Perrys Chartered Accountants, said: “Each year the awards bring together individuals, charities and businesses from across the county who demonstrate everything that makes Kent a great place to live and work.

“We’ve had some fantastic nominations this year and we look forward to unveiling the winners at our ceremony in November.”

The winners will be announced at a ceremony at Leeds Castle in Maidstone on Thursday 8 November.