Grants help to transform pupils’ health and fitness

Conner Lobbon, Kaine Garvey, Thomas Bradshaw and Chris Morgen try out new outdoor gym equipment at William Henry Smith School, Rastrick.
Conner Lobbon, Kaine Garvey, Thomas Bradshaw and Chris Morgen try out new outdoor gym equipment at William Henry Smith School, Rastrick.

A lottery grant has helped to fund an outdoor gym area at a Rastrick school.

Youngsters at the William Henry Smith enjoy working out in the gym thanks to the grant from ‘Awards for All’.

Two new additions to the nature garden at William Henry Smith School, Rastrick'James Hind on the left and Karl Adamski on the right

Two new additions to the nature garden at William Henry Smith School, Rastrick'James Hind on the left and Karl Adamski on the right

Craig George, contracts manager, said the boys love it. “We have a student voice committee and I think a couple of them had seen one elsewhere and asked if it was something we could look at getting. We applied for a grant and the equipment was put in in February. Since then we have had problems trying to get them to come off it and go back inside to lessons because they just love it and being outdoors.”

He said the £10,000 grant was money well spent.

The school has also invested in solar panels on the sports hall roof as part of an initiative by British Gas who will maintain them for the next 20 years.

They have been awarded the Investors in People award as well as the Eco-school Green Flag and the St John’s Ambulance award.

A new water cooler contract has also enabled the school to sponsor a well in Africa. Every water cooler the company AquAid install raises enough money to bring two children water for the rest of their lives through its partnership with Christian Aid.

Mr George said that they will receive letters from the children in Africa and a picture of the new well once it is installed.

The school is in the process of producing a sensory room in the teaching department of the school. Mr George said they already had one in the therapy department but they were hoping that the new one would be bigger and better.

They were looking at funds to supply a sensory POD and form links with schools in the area.

A partnership between the school and Rastrick Junior Football Club has also been developed. The club has been using the sports hall during the bad weather. This new partnership will allow the school to apply for a grant to improve their outdoor football field and level it out.

Mr George said: “We are just trying to make better use of the site we have and develop it as much as possible.”

They have also welcomed two new additions to the school, two 13-week-old Pygmy Goats. The goats seem to have settled in and are clear favourites with the school.