In the summer term Val Briggs, ex PE Teacher from de Ferrers Academy, died suddenly. Val had taught in the Burton area for 35 years plus and was a role model to hundreds of pupils both in and out of school.

On Wednesday 28th September an “afternoon of sport” was arranged in memory of Val and schools took part in an afternoon of football, rounders, netball and badminton; sports she was passionate about. Different age groups from many of the Burton schools came together to play in memory of her. Donations were given to Val’s husband, Stuart, also an ex PE teacher of de Ferrers.  Donations are to go to the Air Ambulance or to provide a bench at Burton Rowing Club where both teachers spent a lot of their time.

John Taylor pupils had an excellent afternoon.

Here is an extract from an email we received from the de Ferrers…

I just want to send an email thanking all of you for supporting this event this afternoon. I felt it truly embraced the reasons that we all took to be involved in sport in our schools.


The students were not just a credit to your school but were also a credit to our district. I genuinely want to thank you, as do the other staff from de Ferrers, for making this event so special and meaningful.


Again it was another first for the district and without doubt a great afternoon of sport. Please congratulate your students – it was a pleasure to host and their thanks to me at the end was greatly appreciated.


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