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Students take to the Royal Docks in the sunshine for Achievers’ Day rowing event

PUBLISHED: 12:00 21 April 2018

Children from East London schools taking part in the special rowing event at the Royal Docks with the winners getting to help row the Royal barge Gloriana

Children from East London schools taking part in the special rowing event at the Royal Docks with the winners getting to help row the Royal barge Gloriana

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High achievers from London and Essex were rewarded for their hard work with a lesson in rowing on the Royal Docks yesterday.

More than 60 school students, including children from Oaklands School in Bethnal Green, spent the morning in the sunshine learning to row, before taking part in the ‘Gloriana Achievers’ regatta, hosted by Sir Steve Redgrave. The top two crews went on to row in the Achievers’ Day Flotilla.

The Gloriana Achievers’ Day was set up to recognise schools who see a significant improvement in Ofsted ratings, and has been running since 2016.

Sir Steve said: “I’m thrilled that we can give so many youngsters the opportunity to get out on the river.”

Sir Steve was helping the children with tips on how to get the most out of learning to row, and he cheered on the crews as they competed.

The winning team won the Gloriana Achievers’ Blade, and every participant received a congratulatory scroll.

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