Golden girl Jade inspires top students

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Spalding High School became a platform for success before Christmas after a visit from Winter Paralympics multiple medallist Jade Etherington (23).

The former Deepings School student, now training to be a geography teacher, was the special guest at the school’s Senior Prizegiving Day for current and past Year 13 students.

Winter Paralympics multi-medallist Jade Etherington (front row, second right) with students Eleanor Toal, Rebecca Warren, Emily McLouglhin, Jess Wadsworth, Hannah Greenacre and Merecedes Baxter-Chinery at Spalding High School's senior prizegiving day.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Winter Paralympics multi-medallist Jade Etherington (front row, second right) with students Eleanor Toal, Rebecca Warren, Emily McLouglhin, Jess Wadsworth, Hannah Greenacre and Merecedes Baxter-Chinery at Spalding High School's senior prizegiving day. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Outstanding achievers at both A and AS-level shared the stage with Jade who won four medals, three silvers and a bronze, at the Winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia, in March.

Headmistress Michele Anderson said: “It was a pleasure to welcome both Jade Etherington and our returning Year 13 students back to the school where they joined our current Year 13 students for the prize-giving ceremony.

“Jade gave an inspirational and heartfelt speech, explaining how she had to rely on her detrmination, resilience and hard work, alongside the support of her family, in order to achieve her dreams of becoming an international skier. 

“There were many moments of humour, inspiraton and compassion which resonated with the students who aren’t much younger than  Jade. 

Senior Prizegiving Day at Spalding High School with Jade Etherington (front row centre) and high-flying students.  Photo by Tim Wilson.

Senior Prizegiving Day at Spalding High School with Jade Etherington (front row centre) and high-flying students. Photo by Tim Wilson.

“Many people commented on how much they had enjoyed Jade’s speech and how they had been touched to hear the stories and experiences that she shared.”

Among the students presented with prizes by Jade was those who helped the school to secure one of its best-ever set of A-levels last August, with a 69 per cent pass rate for grades of between A* and B.

Mrs Anderson said: “Our students were thrilled to receive their examination certificates, prizes and trophies from Jade who is such as inspirational young woman.

“We are proud of all our students and their successes.”