Pupils at Foreland Fields School had a visit on Friday 8th June from Team GB Paralympic athlete, James Barnes-Miller.

James was the first ever Paralympic Snowboarder to compete for Team GB. James secured 7th place in snowboard cross and 10th place in the banked slalom at the recent Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

James took time out of his busy training schedule to travel back from Manchester to spend time at the school in Ramsgate. James is a local lad who grew up in Broadstairs. He is currently in training in Manchester and Holland to prepare for the upcoming World Championships.  Pupils had the opportunity to meet with James in a whole school assembly and then later James fielded some excellent questions that the pupils had prepared about his life and snowboarding career.

Adrian Mount (Headteacher) said “it was very kind of James to give up his time to meet with the pupils. They questioned him about his Olympic experience and how he trains to ensure he is at peak fitness to compete. I hope that we can arrange other opportunities for James to come to the school as pupils found his visit truly inspirational”.

James said of his visit, “It was a privilege to have visited all the pupils and staff at the school and learn about all their inspirational plans in relation to sporting participation as well as new sporting facilities.  I look forward to seeing the progress when I visit next time”

The pupils will now look to track James’ journey as he aims for the win at the World Championship in Canada later in the year.


What fantastic news coming from Foreland Fields School … Dave met James Barnes-Miller earlier in the month and he explained how much he enjoyed visiting local schools, meeting and inspiring the next generation. If your school, club or organisation has any good news or positive stories you’d like to  share, please email the details, along with any photos, to [email protected]