Pott Row pupils get their own cycle track
Cycling already ranks high on the list of favourite activities for pupils at Holly Meadows School and when they return after half-term it will be even more popular.
They will come back to the Pott Row site to find they have a purpose-built cycle track to pedal round.
The 500-metre hard surfaced track will run round the perimeter of the school grounds.
"It has to be a whole lot more interesting than riding round the school playground," said headteacher Jennie Wildsmith-Garton.
She explained that cycling has been high on the agenda at the school for several years and that it is something the children really enjoy.
"We want to promote and encourage cycling as a healthy form of transport," she said, adding that the introduction of the new track was an ideal way of marking the tenth anniversary of Holly Meadows.
The youngsters can start by learning pre-cycling 'bike balance' and progress to actually riding a bicycle and devel oping cycling skills and safety awareness. As well as cycling tuition during school hours there is an after-school club and the new track will take all of this to a new level.
The school has its own selection of cycles for the children to use and its PE teacher Lisa Hutchinson has cycle training experience and qualifications.
The two-metre wide track, which will be installed during the half term break, will be suitable for use all year round, can also be used as a running track and it may be possible for it be used by the rest of the community.
To get the track, the school applied for a community infrastructure levy through West Norfolk borough council and its application for a grant was approved.