Thornbury school unveils new outdoor gym

December 30 2021
Thornbury school unveils new outdoor gym

A THORNBURY school has revamped its sports facilities thanks to grants, donations – and a penalty shoot-out organised by a Year 6 pupil.

Gillingstool Primary School has been developing its outdoor facilities to match its modern building, as the pandemic adds to an emphasis on more activities in the open air.

New playground designs were created after pupils spent time in class coming up with ideas about how to improve the outdoor areas, with their suggestions reviewed by the school council and leaders.

The school then used its government Primary PE and Sport Premium grant, a donation from non-profit health insurer WPA Healthcare and community contributions via Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme to fund a new outdoor gym area with robust equipment and new markings on the playground.

Head teacher Caroline Carter said: "The children in Key Stage 2 have been loving it.

"Not only are they improving their fitness but the levels of co-operation and turn-taking on the playground have been amazing, as children wait patiently for their friends to finish exercising before moving onto another piece of equipment."

Year 6 pupil and keen footballer Freddie May and a group of his friends decided to help buy some new football goals by holding a sponsored penalty shoot-out for the whole school (pictured below), which raised more than £200.

Mrs Carter said: "It was a fabulous day. Our new goals will be on the school field ready for the spring and our football club can not wait to get scoring.

"I am so proud of Freddie and his team. They are a great example for the children at Gillingstool. It wonderful to see such initiative and in a way that benefits the whole school.”