A group of South Croydon students with special education needs recently saw gold at the Copper Box.

The Panathlon London Primary Final saw 21 schools pack the arena, including the group from Howard Park Primary.

From boccia to new age kurling to table cricket, Howard Park dominated the affair, claiming gold in its group barely missing out on the overall title of 'London champions' by just two points to Sellincourt Primary from Wandsworth.

Teacher Sonya Pollington was proud of the efforts she saw.

“The children love that they are a team and that they don’t feel judged or compared to any of the other children," she said.

"They may not be as successful as other children in reading and writing but here their skills are unique to them, which makes them extremely proud.

“Because they are here as a team it’s all about them and that’s what they don’t get every day at school. Here they are special but in the very positive and fulfilling sense of the word.”

Pupil Maxamillian Gookol, nine, was ecstatic to take home gold and said the experience had been “epic."

“This is where the actual Olympics was – it feels so awesome to be in a place where it happened," he said.

"I have really enjoyed coming here.”