Pupils linked with Russian high jumper's former school
Fairlands Middle School has been paired for the Olympics with a Russian counterpart whose former pupil went on to grab the air in the high jump – and a few controversial headlines.
Ivan Ukhov became a YouTube sensation in 2008 after he was filmed staggering on his feet after allegedly drinking vodka and Red Bull before attempting to clear a high jump too early – sailing well below the crossbar on to the crash mat.
However, the incident is well behind the Olympic athlete taking part in London 2012 as he has gone on to win European and World Championships.
Now the Cheddar school is linked with his former place of learning, School 108 of Yekaterinburg, central Russia, in the BBC's Olympic Dreams Project.
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This is quite an accolade for Fairlands as it is the only school in Somerset to be approved.
Head teacher Peter Elmy said: "We know very little about School 108 in Yekaterinburg, or indeed very much about education in any part of Russia. In our increasingly complex world it is confidence as global citizens that will set some young people apart and help them be successful.
"We hope this project will help many children gain a little more international understanding."
Cheddar teachers will meet their Russian counterparts in London next month to strengthen the relationship. Both schools will follow high jumper Ukhov's progress online and in broadcasts.
Sarah Boyes, the school's international co-ordinator, said: "There are many ways this project will enhance what we are already doing across our varied curriculum.
"Already we have seen the enthusiasm for learning alongside children in Russia. We hope this project will bring some long standing partnerships."