Boxing star marks school’s new chapter

Nicola Adams at the openings of Purston E-ACT Academy.
Nicola Adams at the openings of Purston E-ACT Academy.

PUPILS celebrated a new chapter in their school’s history this week with help from Olympic golden girl Nicola Adams.

Students were joined by the pint-sized boxing star as the former Featherstone Technology College was officially unveiled as Purston E-ACT Academy.

Nicola signed dozens of autographs for youngsters who gathered in the hall of the Pontefract Road school to watch a video of the gold medallist’s Olympic highlights.

Leeds-born Nicola – the first woman ever to compete and win in the women’s boxing at the Olympics this year – said she never tired of watching re-runs of her bouts and was enjoying being in the media spotlight.

She added: “It’s good, especially if I can inspire the kids. That’s what it is all about, the future generation.”

Wayne Parkes, school principal, said he hoped Nicola’s story would inspire students.

He added: “We were delighted to welcome Nicola, who is an inspiration to our youngsters in every sense.

“She epitomises our ethos, ‘Nothing but the best’, in her drive to succeed.”

The college announced in January it would covert to academy status and go into partnership with one of the country’s leading education groups, E-ACT.

The company supports academies and free schools through a Department for Education initiative and has a track record for improving underperforming and failing schools.