Olympian Phil inspires Newcastle pupils to achieve their goals

Olympic silver medalist Phil Brown will be handing out the “medals” as he joins pupils and staff from Newcastle-under-Lyme School. 

Birmingham born Brown completed an unusual treble of silver medals with the Great Britain 4 x 400 metre relay team at the Olympic Games, World Championships and European Chamionships in the 1980s. 

He is now a Regional Director for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme which has strong links with staff and pupils at Newcastle-under-Lyme School. 

Phil will present the prizes at the school’s awards evening on Wednesday, 6 July. 

Headmaster, Nick Rugg, said: “Sports fans of a certain age will remember the thrill of watching Phil bring the baton home on the anchor leg for GB at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. 

“His never say die attitude often saw him coming from behind to gain a place in the medals for his country.  This sets a great example for our pupils and we are delighted to welcome him as our guest at our prize giving evening at the Victoria Hall, Hanley. 

“Phil is also a great ambassador for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme which we support at Newcastle-under-Lyme School.  The scheme is an ideal way for pupils to reach out and aspire for new goals which in turn can help to inspire them in their day to day school work. 

Newcastle-under-Lyme School has around 150 pupils participating in the Duke of Edinburgh’s  Awards. 

And, in December 2010, Mr Rugg was invited to St James’ Palace to meet Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, and receive recognition as an Independent Operating  Authority for the awards programme. 

The school awards evening on 6 July celebrates a wide range of achievements with prizes given for academic achievement, sporting success, drama, music and art. 


For further information contact Ian Cartwright on 01782 664620 

Note to editors: Newcastle-under-Lyme School is an independent day school catering for pupils from three to 18 years of age. A nursery, junior school, senior school and sixth form are all part of the school family. The School is able to commit over £700,000 a year from its own resources to support the education of children from lower income backgrounds. 

The School’s website can be accessed at www.nuls.org.uk

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