On Friday 9th November Winterbourne Junior Girls’ School were extremely proud to welcome a very special guest, Councillor Bernadette Khan The Mayor for Croydon to our Remembrance Assembly.

Improving equality, inclusion and supporting Croydon’s communities are the priorities of the borough’s new Mayor who has been sworn in for her year of office.

Councillor Bernadette Khan, who represents West Thornton ward, has pledged to encourage local residents of all backgrounds, businesses and institutions to work more closely together and promote equal opportunities for all.

The Liverpool-born councillor will be championing fundraising efforts for Cancer Research UK during her year in office, with a focus on supporting underfunded medical research to help children with rare forms of cancer.

A social worker by training, Councillor Khan lived in Pakistan for three years before settling in London in 1965. She moved to Croydon in 1976, working for Wandsworth Council in specialisms including fostering, adoption and child protection. Her career has also included co-founding a foster parent association in Lambeth and working as a magistrate in both family and adult courts.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our amazing Mayor for her visit and we do hope that she will come and see us all again soon. We took some pictures of the visit, which can be seen in the gallery below.