Grange Primary Academy pupils have been learning how to cycle safely. As part of Road Safety Week, the pupils participated in a range of cycle aware workshops sponsored by Angela Stokes, founder of local business AJ Wills.
The initiative was organised and co-ordinated by local social enterprise Brightkidz. This year’s Road Safety Week theme was ‘Bike Smart’ and pupils at Grange Primary Academy had said they were keen to learn more about how to ride their bikes safety. The workshops were part of the academy’s commitment to deliver an Education with Character – an education which gives pupils the chance to broaden their understanding of the world around them so that they can develop into confident, considerate and responsible young adults.
In the workshops, pupils learnt about how reflective materials can help people to be seen after dark and how fluorescent colours help in daytime. They also learnt the importance of using lights on bikes at night.
In addition to sponsoring the activities, AJ Wills funded a reflector or bike light for every child in the school.
Lydia Meek, Deputy Head of Grange Primary Academy, said:
“The pupils all thoroughly enjoyed the cycle workshops and now all have a good understanding of what they need to be aware of when cycling around the town. We are very grateful to Brightkidz and AJ Wills who made these useful workshops possible.”
Alison Holland, founder and Projects and Partnerships Director of Brightkidz, said:
“It’s great that Angela has stepped forward to help local children to be safe out and about. Her business, AJ Wills, is about helping local families, so is a perfect fit to sponsor this scheme.’
Explaining why she wanted to sponsor the scheme, Angela Stokes of AJ Wills said:
“It is about giving back to the local community, and as children are our future, doing something to help benefit them seemed a good thing to do.’
This event was also part of the ST:EPS (Safer Travel: Enabling Primary Schools) Kettering project run by Brightkidz, which is currently being piloted at Grange Primary Academy and due to be extended to other schools in the area.