Best foot for­ward for first sports day

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

A CHAIN of five academy schools for chil­dren with spe­cial needs has held its first joint sports day in Hilling­don.

The Eden Academy is a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) which com­prises five lo­cal schools: Grange­wood, Moor­croft, Alexan­dra, RNIB Sun­shine House and the re­cently opened Pent­land Field.

It held its first joint sports day at Hilling­don Ath­let­ics Sta­dium ear­lier this month to cheers of de­light from the staff and pupils.

The day could not have been brighter or the at­mos­phere hap­pier with all the chil­dren tak­ing part in a range of ac­tiv­i­ties and races in­clud­ing hur­dles, throw­ing and run­ning.

John Ayres, the prin­ci­pal of the Eden Academy, said: “The Sports Day was a fan­tas­tic event where chil­dren and staff from all five schools were able to come to­gether to par­tic­i­pate in a whole range of sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties.

“Ev­ery child re­ceived a well de­served gold medal – they were all win­ners.”

The Eden Academy is the largest spe­cial school MAT in the coun­try. The young peo­ple range in age from three to 19 years old.

n BIG DAY: The Eden Academy fam­ily of five schools held its first sports day this month

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