Harlow students get on their bikes to raise money

The students pictured outside the Lee Valley Velopark after raising money for new facilities

STUDENTS at a Harlow school have raised £590 to provide extra facilities and new equipment.

As a way of raising funds to provide table tennis tables and yoga mats, 11 students took part in a 30-mile cycle from the school to the Olympic Park in Stratford, London.

BMAT (Burnt Mill Academy Trust) is the first specialist STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) school in the area and opened in the town in September.

The school offers a unique curriculum to students from Year 10 around the subjects of science, technology, engineering and maths. With the youngest students being aged 14, it was felt important to ensure that they let off steam during their lesson breaks.

Head of school Lisa Tooley said, “We want to make sure every child is catered for and looked after mentally and physically.

“We have a number of keen cyclists in school and so we thought it would be a nice challenge for them to take part in a fundraising bike ride. We had seven punctures along the way, which students had to fix, and it was a physically exhausting ride. The conditions were quite tough, as it had rained the night before. But, everyone completed the challenge and we are very proud of them for that.”

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Ryan Hardie

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