2020 Bikeability Awards: Most Proactive Primary School of the Year – Winner – Ashwood Park School

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A national Bikeability award programme is held every year to reward and promote the amazing work that the Bikeability industry and trainees do.   Further background.

Ashwood Park School exudes exceptional qualities in embedding Bikeability throughout the school in both KS1 and KS2 curriculums. They have been in receipt of Bikeability for several years and not only offer it as above but they also have it in Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) – with Bikeability Balance training taking place annually for every nursery child in the school.

In KS1 and KS2 they take up the offer of Bikeability Level 1 & 2 and additionally offer Bikeability to their hearing impaired unit. The additional element is some 1-2-1 training and small group work with hearing impaired children, who are to be in receipt of Level 1 or 2 training. This boosts their skills and knowledge by utilising a bespoke approach prior to their official training sessions.

In addition Dr. Bike sessions of bike maintenance have been utilised with a weekly nurture group, with the intention of engaging a small number of disaffected learners.

As part of the schools sustainable and active travel plans parents are asked to give serious consideration to walking to school, for health and environmental benefits, with the school access having been improved to facilitate this. In addition all children are given the change of progression through Bikeability training and as such encouraged to cycle more regularly.

Working with the Bikeability team at Dudley Council, Ashwood Park School has been successful in loaning balance bikes and helmets in order to facilitate a whole class approach to the training offered and delivered in EYFS. Also, where necessary though not in such large numbers loaning bikes as and when necessary for KS1 and KS2. The Dr. Bike sessions have also been supported by the resources of Dudley Council and continue to be available.

Though many of Dudley’s primary schools are proactive in their take up of Bikeability, Ashwood Park School really has embedded it, and normalised it within their school year. They are consistent in their annual approach and diarising of dates, they are consistent in their take up in KS1 and KS2 and have also been in receipt for several years now of the EYFS element of Bikeability Balance.

Their annual take up ensures a whole school approach to training, as all children will, at some point enter Year 3 and Year 5. All are included in the offer and encouraged to take up the training.  This is hugely beneficial, as the feedback implies:

“Thank you Dulcie and Sue for organising the bike maintenance sessions for Boys Group as they have all thoroughly enjoyed them! The sessions run by Kevin and Martin were very informative and gave the boys a chance to get hands-on while learning new skills. It also give the boys the opportunity to show off what they knew, giving them a confidence boost which is what some of them desperately need. 

I was very surprised when Kevin told me that this was the first time they’d done such a session as both he and Martin were very at ease and it ran very smoothly.” (Feedback from Clare at Ashwood Park Primary)

Just a quick but very BIG thank you for organising the amazing balance bike sessions for Ashwood Park nursery. All 36 children had the most sensational time. They were given great supervision and encouragement by all the team. I have recommended you to St. Marks nursery, Pensnett and can’t wait to repeat it again in January next year! Thank you for organising such an important feature of a 3-4 year old’s skill set.” (Feedback from Jenny at Ashwood Park nursery)

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