Pride in former Sheffield student

King Ecgbert School caretaker  Ian Lamb with former pupil and gold medallist Jess Ennis.
King Ecgbert School caretaker Ian Lamb with former pupil and gold medallist Jess Ennis.
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JUST a few years ago she was sitting in a Sheffield classroom - and now Jessica Ennis is a worldwide superstar.

The heptathlete’s former teachers, and fellow pupils from King Ecgbert in Totley, are beaming with pride after she stormed the London Olympics to win a gold medal.

Jess discovered her love of sport while at school - and managed to excel academically as well as dedicating herself to training.

Ian Rouse, Jess’ former English teacher, said: “It was incredible to see her compete at the weekend, it couldn’t have gone better for her.

“It is a bit surreal to think that somebody who sat in front of you in the classroom is an Olympic champion and in newspapers and on posters everywhere. Everyone at the school will be proud of her.

“I’m not sure about renaming Don Valley - Jess seems the sort of person who would be embarrassed by that. Sheffield will have a proper civic celebration and she might end up being Dame Jess!

“At school I’m not sure what is going to happen, but there ought to be something.”

Youngsters across the world have been inspired by the Steel City’s very own champion.

And, at King Ecgbert, it is truer than ever.

Caretaker Ian Lamb said: “I know that all of King Ecgbert is very proud of Jess for winning gold and we all love the lass to bits.

“We just hope she will come back to see us sometime after the London games have finished so she can proudly bring the gold medal to school to show and inspire the students.

“I’ve talked to the teachers that taught Jess and they all say pretty much the same thing - that she was a very bright girl and a fantastic student to work with.”