Pupils go cock-a-hoop for basketball star

netherSEC''Nether Edge Primary school pupils with Locka Okorie, former Sheffield Sharks captain.

netherSEC''Nether Edge Primary school pupils with Locka Okorie, former Sheffield Sharks captain.

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CHILDREN at Sheffield’s newest primary school are aiming high - thanks to a visit from sharp-shooting basketball star Locka Okorie.

The former captain of the Sheffield Sharks was star guest at the official launch of The Nether Edge Primary School - formerly Abbeydale Primary.

The school on Glen Road in Nether Edge has adopted a new name and is looking forward to a new era of learning.

As part of the renaming celebrations, kids dressed up in fashions from years gone by for a time travelling piece of theatre performed by the Nether Edge Players.

Children from Years 5 and 6 performed in a play written especially for the event, using the school’s original log books which date back to its opening day in 1890.

Actors took on roles as headteachers from the Victorian era, World War Two and the 1970s, and re-enacted key events from the school’s history including war damage and the introduction of decimalisation.

Locka - who has a long-standing association the former Abbeydale Primary - spoke about the work the school does and how much he misses the children

now he has moved away from Sheffield.

“The Nether Edge Primary School is simply the best!” he said, before the school’s two youngest and oldest pupils pressing a ‘launch button’ to declare the renamed school officially open.

The change in name is part of the school’s aim to develop its role as a local place for local people.

Last December The Nether Edge Primary School was judged ‘good’ with outstanding features by Ofsted inspectors, and is about to get bigger. The current admission limit is 45 children per year group but that is changing to 60 thanks to new funding to upgrade areas of the school.

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