Hill House pupils in for the high jump!

(Front l-r) Luke Machen, 8, Katherine Bassindale, 10, Rajan Dhaliwal, 10, Beth Dickson, 9, and Williams Aitken, 8. (Back l-r) Georgia Marsh, 11, Harriet Gregory, 11, and Abdul Bappa, 11, all cheer for joy as they stand with former Olympic High Jumper Brendan Reilley at Hill House School in Finningley. Picture: Andrew Roe
(Front l-r) Luke Machen, 8, Katherine Bassindale, 10, Rajan Dhaliwal, 10, Beth Dickson, 9, and Williams Aitken, 8. (Back l-r) Georgia Marsh, 11, Harriet Gregory, 11, and Abdul Bappa, 11, all cheer for joy as they stand with former Olympic High Jumper Brendan Reilley at Hill House School in Finningley. Picture: Andrew Roe

PUPILS at Hill House School would be forgiven for thinking they were for the high jump!

Double Olympian Brendan Reilly - one of Britain’s greatest ever high jumpers - dropped by recently to try his hand at teaching.

The five times British champion jumped seven foot as a teenager, setting a world best of 2.11 metres as a 15-year-old.

He told teachers at the Finningley school, where he completed a few days teaching practice, he had spotted one or two youngsters with real potential.

Reilly, who was born in Yorkshire but went on to represent Ireland through his parentage, took 13th place at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 for Britain.

He competed in 17 major championships, including the Sydney Olympics in 2000, six World Championships and two Commonwealth Games in a career spanning over 10 years - before his time in athletics was cut short by after a series of Achilles and knee operations.

His personal best was a jump of 2.32m.