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Cornish School features in an Olympic Legacy Report

London 2012

A year on from the London Olympics Nick Bannister revisits a Cornish school to find out how the leadership is not only keeping the Games' legacy alive, but is spreading it far and wide

The London 2012 Olympics seemed to buoy the country along on a wave of intense optimism and excitement for a few short weeks last summer.

For most of us the London Games have become a fond memory but for several primary schools across the country the Games organisers' ambition to create a true Olympic legacy seems to be a bright reality.

One primary school has become so involved in the Olympic legacy movement that headteacher Denise Gladwell has dramatically revised her retirement plans.

"I had planned to retire in 2013," said Ms Gladwell, who is head of St Breock Primary School in Wadebridge, Cornwall. "But I've decided to stay until the Rio Games in 2016. I want to see how far our legacy work and sport in our school will reach and see what we can achieve locally, nationally and internationally."

It seems that Ms Gladwell's ambitions are already beginning to be fulfilled. The school's Olympic legacy work is being driven by sports coach James Ross who has launched an initiative called "Keeping the Flame Alive".

The school, which was heavily involved in the Get Set school participation programme in the run-up to the Games, has created seven replica Olympic batons, each engraved with an Olympics and Paralympics value, which include equality, inspiration, respect and friendship.


This report is a feature in the online Headteacher Update Magazine - please click here for the full story.