Photo of the Lady Mayoress of London meeting a student from Sybil Elgar School

Two students from our Sybil Elgar School enjoyed tea with Lady Mayoress of London, Lindy Estlin, earlier this month – at Mansion House, in the city of London.

Joyce and Melanie were invited to Mansion House after Joyce won the Vibrant City of London Art Competition last year, which was hosted by the Lady Mayoress. Joyce produced a brilliant piece of art of the City of London and river Thames.


Artwork of the City of London skyline, buildings etc.

Joyce's artwork


The Mayoress was so impressed with Joyce’s work that she put it up in her office.

Joyce uses pictures to express herself. She can sometimes find social situations challenging but showed how much she enjoyed the day by staying with the group during the visit. Joyce especially enjoyed the biscuits!

Marius, who manages the 16-22 provision at our Sybil Elgar School, said:

What a wonderful opportunity for some of our art students to visit Mansion House and meet Lady Mayoress of London, Lindy Estlin. It was such a privilege to be invited.

Melanie said:

I was so happy to be invited. I liked Lindy as she was very nice to me and offered me biscuits and tea. I also liked her house and how she was interested in my art work.

Melanie is a keen artist and is studying towards an A Level in art and will be exhibiting some of her work in a London gallery in the future as part of her art course. She is also working towards a GCSE in geography and hopes to explore these subjects further in the future.

Joyce is part of Sybil Elgar School’s first intake of post 19 students this year. She’s working towards a range of work experience and supported employment options.

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