Gold medal Paralympian opens Aurora Hanley School

Official opening by (from left to right) Stephen Bradshaw (Aurora CEO), Tracy Whitehurst (Headteacher), Jeeny Booth, Cllr Melanie Baddeley, Carl Bennet (Stoke City FC), Lord Mayor, Lady Maryoress, Rosie Andrews (Director of Marketing & Communications)

Official opening by (from left to right) Stephen Bradshaw (Aurora CEO), Tracy Whitehurst (Headteacher), Jeeny Booth, Cllr Melanie Baddeley, Carl Bennet (Stoke City FC), Lord Mayor, Lady Maryoress, Rosie Andrews (Director of Marketing & Communications)

PARALYMPIC gold medallist Jenny Booth opened Aurora Hanley School last week. Jenny, who won Gold at the 1996 Atlanta Games, was our guest of honour at the grand opening which was also attended by the Lord Mayor. 

Jenny said she was delighted to be opening the new state of the art school.

She said: “This is a wonderful new school and will be of great benefit to children and young people in and around Stoke.

“I’m particularly thrilled to see that the school ethos is to focus on abilities and not disability. It is so easy to focus on what people can’t do rather than what they can do..”

Aurora Hanley Headteacher Tracy Whitehurst said the team was honoured that Jenny had agreed to open their school.

She said: “It’s fantastic that Jenny was here to help us officially open Aurora Hanley. She has achieved so much and is a wonderful role model for the young people already here at the school.

“Many of the children we support face challenges around their emotional and mental health that create barriers to learning and impact on their behaviour – but with the right help they can thrive.

“At Aurora Hanley we will ensure that the students in our school get all the support and guidance they need to understand and overcome the challenges they may face.”