October 5th was a momentous day for all of us, as Paralympian Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE officially opened our new Stanley Road campus.

The 11-times Paralympic gold medal winner was invited to come and lead the ceremony by a group of our students, who wrote letters and made a film explaining why they felt she was the ideal person for the role. As well as meeting the students who had persuaded her to come, she cut a ceremonial ribbon and unveiled a plaque to mark the occasion.

The baroness also took part in a whole school assembly and had the packed hall laughing as she shared a saying from her grandfather: “Aim high, even if you hit a cabbage”, reminding us of the importance of having goals and working hard to achieve them. She also praised the passion of our teachers and enthusiasm of our students, claiming that their questions were as tough as anything she had faced on Newsnight.

We feel so privileged that such a celebrated sportswoman took the time to come and share this special occasion with us. Baroness Grey-Thompson inspired each and every one of us to be the best that we can be, and it’s certainly a day none of us will ever forget


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