Olympic athlete joins celebrations at Kettering school

Olympic sprinter Christian Malcolm helped Greenfields Primary School children celebrate the opening of their new school buildings
Olympic sprinter Christian Malcolm helped Greenfields Primary School children celebrate the opening of their new school buildings
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Staff and pupils at Greenfields Primary School in Kettering have celebrated the opening of their new buildings alongside a star of British track and field.

Christian Malcolm, a 200m runner, helped the Highfield Road school – which last year became an academy under sponsor the David Ross Education Trust (DRET) – to mark the occasion. The school has recently seen significant development with the construction of new classrooms and a multi-purpose hall.

Headteacher Rebecca Gray said: “We are delighted to be part of DRET and so it has been fantastic to officially celebrate this with our school community.”

“Since becoming an academy we have seen a number of really positive improvements. We have a new uniform, logo and signage, but of more importance are the opportunities that our pupils are able to access.”

As part of the day, children were asked to think about and record their own hopes and dreams for the future. The day ended with a balloon launch.

Portia, a pupil in Year 5, said: “Today has been a dream come true. I loved meeting a real athlete and watching all the balloons fly away was amazing.”

Wendy Marshall, chief executive of DRET, said: “It has been fantastic to officially celebrate the progress this school has made in such a short space of time. I am proud to have them in our network of academies and I look forward to hearing all the exciting experiences they get up to in the future.”