In the news - School Olympics
Having one student competing in this year’s Olympics would be enough to make most schools proud, but a private school on the south coast will be prouder than most when no fewer than four of its pupils line up for the opening ceremony at London 2012 next week.
In the news: Teaching resources - 19 July
One school, four athletes and a splash of Olympic spirit
Having one student competing in this year's Olympics would be enough to make most schools proud, but a private school on the south coast will be prouder than most when no fewer than four of its pupils line up for the opening ceremony at London 2012 next week.
Staff and pupils at Plymouth College, a £24,000-a-year boarding school, will be cheering on one of Team GB's big medal hopes: 18-year-old Tom Daley. The institution offered the young diver a scholarship after he experienced bullying at his state school.
The college's sporting pedigree is well established and, as well as Daley, it boasts a 60-strong family of championship athletes. The group includes fellow Olympic hopefuls Ruta Meilutyte, a 15-year-old from Lithuania, 15-year-old Jamila Lunkuse from Uganda and 17-year-old Jade Howard from Zambia – all of whom are aquatic athletes.
Simon Wormleighton, headmaster of Plymouth College, said that he considered having four athletes from his institution competing in an Olympics a "phenomenal" achievement.
"I, for one, will be avidly watching the aquatics events, taking pride in the knowledge that Plymouth College has played a massive part in helping these young athletes to achieve their dreams."
For more on this story, please see tomorrow's TES.
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