Hockey star Charlotte Hartley inspires Devonshire Road Primary kids

Charlotte Hartley presents medals to reception children Ethan Mariano and Annabelle Vickers, both aged four

Charlotte Hartley with year two children and their medals

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , education reporter

YOUNGSTERS at a Bolton primary school are being taught to aim high — and have been inspired by the Olympic Games and an international hockey player.

Pupils at Devonshire Road Primary School have just completed the inspirational Be The Best You Can Be programme, which was developed following London 2012 to keep the Olympic legacy alive.

The school, in Heaton, was eager to take part in the programme as it builds on its own school motto: “If it’s to be — it’s up to you.”

Hockey star Charlotte Hartley launched the programme at the school in October and the player returned to school to award youngsters medals for taking part.

Headteacher Pam Barnes said: “Charlotte had made an impact on the children because they remember what she had told them when she first visited.

“The Be Your Best Programme is part of the ethos of the school.

“We have children here who want to be doctors, dentists, astronauts and paleontologists. Children here are taught to be the best they can and through taking part in the programme it has made them more focused — we had some who want to be footballers and they have a back-up plan.”

The school will now continue running the programme. Mrs Barnes said: “Children know that to make it happen is up to them and to go for it.”

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