Pupils cycle for their lives

Pedal power: Charlotte Brooks, Rachel Yardly and their PE teacher Hannah Bray. Photo: SG100112-232NG
Pedal power: Charlotte Brooks, Rachel Yardly and their PE teacher Hannah Bray. Photo: SG100112-232NG
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A SPALDING school is proud to have boosted numbers of students and staff who cycle in to an average 95 a day – but allows it could do better.

The Sir John Gleed School, which has more than 1,500 pupils now the girls’ and boys’ campuses have joined together, entered a county-wide contest aimed at increasing the proportion of children pedalling rather than being driven to school.

Girls’ campus PE teacher Hannah Bray, who organised the school’s push to pedal power aided by keen cyclists, students Charlotte Brooks and Rachel Yardly, said: “The contest was held just before the Christmas holidays – we counted the number of cycles coming in daily.

“We know not every school in the county took part and while we didn’t win, ourselves and St Paul’s School were the only ones in Spalding to get a certificate and a mention.

“Of course many of our students come by foot or by bus and others may come from too far to cycle, but we know we could still do better.

“We’re expecting visitors from British Cycling and the Go Ride campaign in the build-up to the Olympics this year. Hopefully that will do the trick!”