Team GB Olympic Medallist visits Daventry's Newnham Primary School

Pupils and staff at Daventry’s Newnham Primary School, part of the David Ross Education Trust, have taken part in an exclusive gymnastics masterclass with European, Commonwealth, Olympic and World Championship medallist Kristian Thomas.

The event, which was held at the school, was an incredible opportunity for pupils to spend the day with the 2012 Team GB European Gold medallist and Olympic Bronze medallist. 

Kristian, who was inducted into the British Gymnastics Hall of Fame this year, delivered an inspirational assembly and wowed the pupils and staff with his gymnastics skills.

After talking more about life as a professional athlete, Kristian ran gymnastics sessions for every class, from Reception right through to Year 6, a truly once in a lifetime experience.

During a VIP lunch, a number of lucky pupils also had the chance to hear anecdotes from Kristian’s professional career, his travels and the importance of good nutrition. 

Kristian then visited each class to answer questions and take photos with the pupils as a memento of the day. One pupil remarked that this was “the best day ever.”

When the school day was finished, Newnham opened its doors to other local schools, including Daventry’s Abbey CE Academy and Falconer’s Hill Academy, and Northampton’s Cedar Road Primary School, for an after-school gymnastics club.


As part of the David Ross Education Trust, Newnham Primary School is committed to offering pupils a wide range of fantastic learning experiences through the Trust’s pioneering enrichment programme. These exciting and varied opportunities encourage pupils to discover new things, develop their passions and explore their talents.

Sol Johnson, Headteacher at Newnham Primary School, said: “This was an incredible day for our pupils. They have worked with an Olympian who has inspired all of them to strive for success in all that they do. 

“Who knows what the future holds for our pupils in years to come, but moments like this do shape the athletes of tomorrow by encouraging them to aim high and be the best they can be.”

Newnham Primary School, part of the David Ross Education Trust, is committed to providing a world-class education for every child. If you would like to find out more about life at Newnham, the school will be hosting two open afternoons on 14th and 15th December, all are welcome.