BMAT STEM students get on their bikes

STUDENTS at Harlow’s first specialist STEM school have got on their bikes to provide extra facilities.

BMAT STEM Academy opened in the town in September, offering a unique curriculum to students from Year 10 around the subjects of science, technology, engineering and maths.

With the youngest students aged 14, it was felt important to create opportunities for them to let off steam during their breaks from lessons.

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.

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

“Our new yoga sessions will look after students’ mental health and wellbeing and provide an outlet for them to do something different during their breaks and at lunchtime.

“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.”

The group raised a total of £590 to provide the school with its new equipment.

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