THE STUDENTS at the Priory Ruskin Academy invited the Mayor of Grantham Rob Hearmon to join them for Christmas lunch on Tuesday at the Manthorpe Site.
The formal three-course dinner was arranged to bring the students together for a festive celebration.
It is the first time the academy has held an occasion like this and the students were excited to see the mayor.
Headteacher Clive Shepherd said: “They didn’t know what to expect first of all but there was certainly a buzz around the academy in the days before.”
The staff dressed in academic robes and the mayor was dressed in his full regalia including the unusual blue gown for the meal.
Mr Shepherd said the formal setting was to help the students follow the academy’s motto of aiming high and showing respect.
He said: “It’s also about bringing the houses together and for them to reflect on their achievements and think about what is coming up in the new year.”
The mayor and his wife Delia were glad too see the new academy in action and were promised the school dinner would not be like the ones they remembered.
Mr Shepherd said: “There’s a difference between the school dinner and the academy dinner.”
Mr Hearmon was pleased to be invited to the meal and was impressed with the school.
He said: “Grantham has a new school with new ideas and new ways of doing things. Ways that I thoroughly approve of.
“It’s nice to see a school coming together and developing the house system. In all seriousness I think it’s quite an achievement.”
The mayor enjoys visiting pupils of all ages around the town and was so impressed with the academy that he invited them to visit him at the Mayor’s Parlour next year.
He said: “We are all part of the same town and the same community. Some young people don’t have an association with the place they live in.”
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