Cross country Daniel best in England

By Jill Dando News

Daniel Maydew, 17, of The King Alfred School Academy in Highbridge, Somerset has finished first in the English Schools AA virtual Cross Country Championships. 

The high-flying teenager has been running for Wells City Harriers since Year 8 spending most days of the week training.

Now his hard work has paid off with the prestigious title of England’s best.

Dan leading the way, front centre

Daniel’s sporting success is all the more impressive in light of his excellent academic record where he achieved straight A grades in his GCSE exams in 2020.

He is also progressing very well in his A Levels in Maths, English Literature and History at the Sixth Form.

Head of Sixth Form Jonathan Gaskell said: “This is a tremendous achievement. Daniel is excelling in his sporting and academic activities and clearly exhibiting great time management and organisational skills.

“Daniel is looking at becoming a primary school teacher in the future and he will clearly be a terrific role model for the next generation.”

Daniel is one of many TKASA students to thrive in athletics. Ex-student Luke Prior achieved his England International vest and was also selected to join Team GB at the World Cross Championships in Kampala 

Earlier this year the academy unveiled a 40-foot giant photographic inspirational tribute to sporting greats to further inspire current students.

The collage is made up of world-beating sporting giants alongside many motivational quotes.

The academy is part of The Priory Learning Trust.