Posted by Alice Irvine on the 06 Jun 2017


Students from Orchard Hill College's centre in Camberwell Green were delighted to be invited to a tea party at partnership organisation Peabody Trust. The college centre in Camberwell is within Lomond House, one of Peabody's residential buildings, so there is already a strong link between the two organisations, and for years CEO Steve Howlett has been a strong supporter of the College's work with young people with learning difficulties and disabilities.

Students and staff were invited to Peabody's offices on Westminster Bridge Road for a 'Alice in Wonderland Tea Party' themed celebration. The event started with a warm introduction from Steve Howlett, who then presented each student with a certificate to recognise and celebrate community projects they have recently contributed to. Each student was met with a huge round of applause from their peers and staff from Orchard Hill College and Peabody. The awards were followed by a thank you from the college's Principal and CEO Dr Caroline Allen, who presented Steve Howlett with a framed collage to thank him for his years of support for Orchard Hill College.

The presentation done, everyone enjoyed a delicious spread of fresh fruit, sandwiches and cake! As with all good things, the event soon came to an end and students made their way back to college, proudly carrying their certificates and goody bags.

“Peabody and Orchard Hill College are working together to build opportunities for students with special needs to show their talents through work experience, a festival and events like today's. We think it's a great way of working both for Peabody staff and for our students” Dr Caroline Allen, CEO/Principal of Orchard Hill College & Academy Trust.