In the past two years, the Turing House School has received two Small Grants of £750 from the Jack Petchey Foundation. The school decided to wait and combine the grants together to put towards improving their PE facilities for the students. Their patience has paid off and now students of Turing House have their very own indoor cycling facility!
The school, which opened in 2015, is a small start-up school with very little outdoor space so they decided to spend the money on indoor bikes. In the summer students often go cycling outdoors in local parks but miss this when the cold weather comes. By installing these indoor bikes, the students are now able to keep up their fitness while experiencing a new way of cycling.
The school runs a spin class every Monday and the students have reacted well to the new style of exercise. One student said: ‘I thought using the bikes was fun, it was tiring but fun and I kept trying hard to finish the session’. The school hope this new instalment will help encourage healthy lifestyles for the students and introduce new practices of exercise to everyone.
The Small Grants were made possible after two Leader Awards were presented to people in association with the Turing House School. Chris St-John Smith won his award in 2016 and Gabby Thomas received her award the following year, in 2017. Chris is a parent of one of the students and goes above and beyond by getting involved in many activities such as helping produce the school play, delivering PHSE lessons and leading Pilates lessons for staff and improving the faculty’s well-being. Gabby leads the school’s debate club and, through her guidance, has helped encourage many students to engage more at school and turn their behaviour around.
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