Gold medal win­ner hop­ing to in­spire at school re­union

First alumni event for Ruis­lip com­pre­hen­sive

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alex Ballinger

A DOU­BLE gold medal­win­ning Par­a­lympian from Uxbridge has praised her Ruis­lip com­pre­hen­sive school as she looks for­ward to at­tend­ing its first ever alumni event.

Natasha Baker MBE will be at­tend­ing the Bishop Ram­sey CofE School’s re­union later this month and said she ‘can’t wait’ to catch up with old teach­ers and friends.

Natasha, who won two gold medals in the The Uxbridge Gazette Series Lon­don 2012 games, will be on hand on Satur­day (June 25) to wel­come old stu­dents to the school in Hume Way for the first event of its kind.

The 26-year-old said: “I have such fond mem­o­ries of my time at school. Ev­ery­one was ex­tremely sup­port­ive of what I was try­ing to achieve when I was there, so much so that they ac­tu­ally feel kind of part of it.

“So I’m re­ally pleased to be able to give some­thing back. I also en­cour­age peo­ple to re­visit their schools and in­spire stu­dents who started their lives with the same op­por­tu­ni­ties as you. “It’s so re­ward­ing.” The school also wants to hear from stu­dents at its two pre­de­ces­sor schools, Ruis­lip Manor Sec­ondary School and St Martin’s C of E Sec­ondary School in Yiewsley.

A Par­a­lympic dres­sage rider, Natasha suf­fers from Trans­verse Myeli­tis which left her with per­ma­nent nerve dam­age and se­vere weak­ness in her legs.

She con­tracted the virus at 14-months old but did not let it stop her achiev­ing her dream.

Un­able to use her legs while rid­ing, Natasha uses voice com­mands and seat move­ment to in­struct her horses.

Bishop Ram­sey is hold­ing its first alumni event to find in­spi­ra­tional past stu­dents who can in­spire cur­rent pupils as part of its work with ed­u­ca­tion char­ity Fu­ture First.

Head­teacher at the school, An­drew Wil­cock, said: “We are look­ing for­ward to our first alumni event. It prom­ises to be a great op­por­tu­nity for for­mer stu­dents to get in touch with each other again.

“We hope that it will be the be­gin­ning of a new phase in the life of the school, which sees much closer links be­tween past and present stu­dents.”

Fu­ture First is a Ham­mer­smith-based char­ity which links stu­dents with alumni to en­cour­age so­cial mo­bil­ity.

Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of the char­ity, which cur­rently has 400 state schools signed up, Alex Sha­p­land-Howes said: “More than 39% of state school stu­dents don’t

It prom­ises to be a great op­por­tu­nity for for­mer stu­dents to get in touch with each other again

know any­one in a job they’d like to do.

“If they see that some­one who went to the same school, grew up in the same com­mu­nity, has achieved a ful­fill­ing or sat­is­fy­ing job, it helps them see it’s pos­si­ble for them too.”

The re­union event will be held at the school be­tween 3pm and 5pm on Satur­day. To at­tend email alumni@bishop ram­ or visit the alumni sec­tion of the web­site.

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