Pupils are spreading festive cheer by befriending vulnerable and elderly residents at a local care home.

The pupils have been visiting Bromford Lane care home to provide companionship by playing games, reading and singing with the residents.

Pupils at the school, which opened in September 2019, have also been busy collecting items for gift hampers, which were hand delivered to the residents.

The visits and fundraising are part of the school’s annual Festive Winter Gift Programme, which is part of a wider programme that takes place across the 28 schools that are all part of the multi-academy trust, Star Academies.

Famida Rawoot, Principal of Eden Girls’ Leadership Academy, Birmingham, said that the programme is an important part of school life as it helps children to learn about the spirit of goodwill during the festive season. She said:

“We are extremely proud of how our whole school community has embraced the Festive Winter Gift Programme. The care with which our pupils created the hampers and the time they took to have conversations with the residents shows just how much respect our pupils have for their local community. We have all thoroughly enjoyed taking part in this activity. As a school, we are committed to playing an active role in our community and helping others and we hope that our annual Festive Winter Gift Programme will touch the lives of many local people this winter.”

The pupils have also invited some of the care home residents to the school for a High Tea where they will enjoy food, song, art and conversation with school staff and pupils.