Heathermount School, part of The Disabilities Trust, held the official opening of their brand new sports hall on Friday 30th June.

Staff, students and families gathered, along with special guests for the official opening of ‘The Bovill’ Sports Hall, the new on-site sports hall. The new facility has been named after the retiring Headteacher Ruth Bovill, who was also recently awarded an OBE, at a special ceremony and plaque unveiling.

Adam Afriye poses with pupils from Heathermount school

The plaque was unveiled by keen sportsman and Windsor MP Adam Afriyie, who then played a game of basketball with some of Heathermount’s 52 students.

Adam Afriye MP said: “It was inspiring to be back at Heathermount and to join the students for a game of basketball in the new hall, which is at the heart of school life.”

“I want children across the country to enjoy the opportunity to attend a school that allows them to achieve their potential and it is clear that Heathermount is doing that here in Ascot.”

Hosting badminton and netball as well as assemblies and events, the Bovill Sports Hall will play a key role in life at Heathermount - a specialist school catering for children and young people aged 4-19 with a range of autistic spectrum conditions.

Adam Afriye poses with Ruth Bovil and Irene Sobowale in Heathermount school

Irene Sobowale, CEO of the school’s parent charity The Disabilities Trust, said: “We are delighted to have invested in this amazing new sports hall, the additional classrooms and improved facilities - they will make a real and lasting difference for both students and staff.”

Watch the full ceremony and speeches here

She also paid tribute to Ruth Bovill, who retires next month, saying: “Ruth has been an incredible leader for Heathermount and an amazing ambassador for the Trust.”

Eileen Jackman, Chair of Heathermount Governors and Disabilities Trust trustee said: “The new development demonstrates how committed the Trust is to the great work undertaken by the school. The staff team here is highly dedicated and really passionate about educating and supporting our students – and Ruth has led from the front.Naming the hall after her seemed a fitting tribute to Ruth’s long and successful time at the school.”

Ruth Bovill added: “I was bowled over by this lovely gesture. Heathermount is a very special place and I will have long-lasting and happy memories of my time here.”

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