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Gold medal-winning London 2012 cyclist pays inspirational visit to Islington school after £6million upgrade

PUBLISHED: 13:34 26 November 2012

L-R: Leader of Islington Council, Cllr Catherine West, executive member for children and families, Cllr Richard Watts, headteacher, Amanda Reese, Paralympian Mark Colbourne and Hanover pupil Petra Norfolk

L-R: Leader of Islington Council, Cllr Catherine West, executive member for children and families, Cllr Richard Watts, headteacher, Amanda Reese, Paralympian Mark Colbourne and Hanover pupil Petra Norfolk

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A Paralympics champion paid an inspirational visit to a primary school as it celebrates a multi-million pound makeover.

Star cyclist Mark Colbourne – who set a new world record in claiming the C1 Individual 3km Pursuit gold medal – cut the ribbon on Hanover Primary School’s massive £6million refurbishment last Thursday, November 22.

The Grade II-listed school in Noel Road, Islington, has seen a raft of improvements including a new hall for sports and assemblies and being made fully wheelchair-accessible.

While he was there, Mr Colborune took the time to show pupils his medals and answer their questions.

Cllr Richard Watt’s, Islington Council’s executive member for children and families, said: “I’m sure Mark Colbourne’s visit to the school will inspire the pupils to make the most of their brand new sports hall.”

Other improvements include enlarged classrooms, a new bright and airy library, new kitchen and dining area and a new entrance and foyer with views of Regent’s Canal.

Headteacher Amanda Reese said: “We are delighted with the refurbishment of our school building and really enjoying the benefits that having a large new hall bring.

“The whole project has gone very smoothly and, despite the trials of 15 months of building work, morale remained high among the staff, pupils and their families.”


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