Year ten students from Gad’s Hill have been praised for much more than impeccable manners and hospitality, after the school’s annual pensioners’ tea party – they were personally thanked for making their guests feel ‘valued’ and like ‘great pals’.

Higham Active Retirement Association (HiARA) member Harry Green, 76, of Gravesend, commended the classmates on the warmth and respect shown to him and more than 50 pensioners from the village and local area at the gathering held in the school’s theatre and refectory.

Mr Green said:  “We always have a wonderful time at Gad’s – the children are eloquent and fun and are just as happy to sit and chat with us, as we are them.

“It is a much coveted date in our diaries and we look forward to it all year!”

The tea party sees Gad’s students and teachers come together to plan and host the event.

The children are responsible for entertainment, which this year included a James Bond-themed quiz and performances form music and drama students, while the catering staff bake scones and cakes and the maintenance team provides transport

Each guest is given a present to take home – all lovingly donated and wrapped by the pupils.

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