Critchill School Build a Bike Project

Critchill School's new cycle workshop provides vulnerable and disengaged students with the opportunity to learn new skills, develop self-confidence and gain a sense of achievement, as well as begin to build work-related skills such as team-working and problem solving.

Students from Oakfield Academy were the first group to undertake this new and exciting project. Bicycle maintenance is the primary focus of the provision but students can also learn about healthy living, nutrition for exercise, planning cycle routes and preparing for different weather conditions, cycling proficiency and health and safety in the workplace.

As part of the initiative students are able to keep their fully refurbished and safety checked bike that they have worked on, at the end of the project if the agreed contract has been fulfilled.

The project is led collaboratively by a qualified teaching assistant from Critchill School and an experienced cycle mechanic from Julian House Bike Workshop.

Emma Thomas AHT at Oakfield Academy said “Pupils from Oakfield Academy had a fantastic opportunity and have noticeably grown in confidence whilst learning lots of new skills. It has been a hugely successful project.”

Sophie Addison DHT at Critchill said “We are really excited that this new collaborative venture has had such a positive start and were keen to roll it out to other students.”