Rastrick students became Game Changers

Pupils from the William Henry Smith School on the Sky TV programme Game Changers
Pupils from the William Henry Smith School on the Sky TV programme Game Changers

Rastrick students who were cycling stars on the roads of the Tour de France have been featured on the small screen.

After the success of the Fastest Classroom, students from the William Henry Smith School were invited by Sky TV to take part in its Game Changers programme on March 21, which was doing a two part show about the Fastest Classroom.

Aaron Thomas, Jack Smith and Josh Noble, along with staff members Gavin Moody and Rachel Hussey travelled down to London for the show.

The students were taken around the city’s iconic landmarks including Downing Street, Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, the London Eye and Buckingham Palace.

After an early night at the hotel, the ambassadors were collected by Sky TV and were given passes for access to the studios. Once there, Aaron Jack and Josh went through a practice run of their questions before watching the first half of the show from the green room.

The pupils were then live in the studio for the second half of the show.

After the programme, they met with the hosts and got their autographs.

Rachel said: “The boys were an asset to the school and should be really proud of what they achieved.”

The Fastest Classroom scheme is the brainchild of adventurer Alan Chambers MBE and is an annual expedition for children aged 11-16 with complex social, behavioural and/or learning difficulties from schools throughout the country who are part of the Engage in their Future organisation.

Hosted by the Rastrick school, the expedition saw 20 students supported by ten mentors from the world of sport cycle around Europe’s highest mountain - Mont Blanc in France.