OLYMPIAN Ben Fletcher led by example when he inspired a whole school to get active when he visited as part of a programme designed to inspire youngsters.

Mr Fletcher, 26, who represented Team GB in Rio at judo, was at Rowde Primary, near Devizes on Friday as part of the Team Super Schools initiative which aims to help children gain confidence and use the power of sport to raise funds.

He spent all afternoon at the village school first taking part in PE sessions where he led fun circuits and then took a whole school assembly to talk about his achievements and how sport can help youngsters to do well in many aspects of life.

He later tweeted how much he had enjoyed visiting the school. He said: "Great day yesterday in Rowde with @TeamSuperSchool. Always a pleasure and always lots of fun #inspire #TSS."

Kate Dummett from Rowde Primary said: "We had an amazing afternoon meeting Ben Fletcher. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the circuit training and had a photo taken with Ben. It was a brilliant way to start half term.

Mr Fletcher, who is a member of Team Bath but has swapped allegiance to Ireland in the run up to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020,

A spokesman for Team Super Schools said: "Team Superschools is a fun, inspirational and exciting way of raising funds for primary schools using the power of sport. It sees pupils rub shoulders with their Olympic and Paralympic heroes. We promote healthy lifestyles and raise aspirations amongst young children."

The school also took part in Safer Internet Day so children of all ages could share their experience and understanding of the digital age. Teachers were surprised by how many of even the youngest pupils owned a tablet. A total of 89 per cent of the oldest children and 61 per cent said they owned this type of gadget and 75 per cent of key stage 2 children said they had internet in their bedrooms.

Pupils aged from eight to 11 said they used social media to chat or took part in on-line gaming. Teacher Sue Hulford said: "This highlighted even more, the increased need to educate our children on the benefits of the internet and all it offers, whilst ensuring they are able to understand the different safe guards in place to protect them."

The school is also hoping that it may be chosen as one of the charities chosen by the new Tesco store in Calne for support for its project to improve its vegetable garden.

It has been shortlisted for the shops's Bags Of Help project but needs people to vote in the store by the end of February to secure support.