Skating champ gives pupils a boost

Skate champ Jenna Downing with Fleetwood High School pupils Jamie Cawley, Jake Stewart, Jack Thompson, Josh Douthwaite, Paul Shuttleworth, Danny Roskell and Bradon Brook.

Skate champ Jenna Downing with Fleetwood High School pupils Jamie Cawley, Jake Stewart, Jack Thompson, Josh Douthwaite, Paul Shuttleworth, Danny Roskell and Bradon Brook.

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PUPILS from Fleetwood celebrated after successfully completing a sports scheme.

The Fleetwood High School students excelled in the eight week motivational project in collaboration with Sky Sports Living For Sport.

The project involves students setting their own personal goals which are tracked and rewarded through a variety of sporting opportunities, such as the chance to go to West View Climbing Centre where the pupils took part in challenging climbs and, after some training, were responsible for each other’s safety.

At the end of the project pupils were visited by the current world number one inline skater, Jenna Downing.

Jenna spent the day working with students through motivational speeches, confidence workshops and skating with them.

The 23 year old, from Barnsley, South Yorkshire, is none other than the 2008 LG Action Sports World Champion, British Champion and an X-Games silver medallist.

PE teacher John Dawson, who organised the event, said: “Our pupils were very excited to be skating with a professional skater and also got the opportunity to work on some new tricks themselves.”

He added: “The Sky Living For Sport programme has resulted in a big motivational improvement on all levels for these pupils, and has been of real benefit to all involved.”

And on the arts front, two pupils who have just left the Fleetwood school have been successful in having their work exhibited at a top London art gallery.

Senior students Katy Knapman and Billy Lafferty have come through against a large number of other young artists across the county.

They now have the honour of seeing their work hang in one of Britain’s most prestigious art galleries as part of The Royal Society of British Artists National Student Exhibition.

Both pupils attended the opening ceremony at The Mall Galleries in London’s Trafalgar Square with their teacher, and Head of Art, Linda Copeland.

The exhibition contained art work from across The British Isles and the standard was extremely high.

Billy’s work is a photographic project based on images developed from photographs of The Trough of Bowland.

Katie based her work on landscape and produced a print for the exhibition.

She later painted this print on a six foot canvas which now proudly hangs in Fleetwood High.

Mrs Copeland said: “They both were delighted at seeing their work in such a prestigious exhibition, the opening speeches congratulated them on their achievement, as art work had been submitted from all over Britain.”

Both students are set to continue their art education at Blackpool Sixth Form College in September.