The Big Pedal 2014
The efforts of all the Tanbridge students who took part in the 2014 Big Pedal event have been rewarded as this week Tanbridge House has been named the “Top School in the South East” in this year’s competition.
The event, run by the charity SusTrans, aimed to raise awareness of sustainable transport by encouraging more young people to get out on their bikes. Students from across the country were asked to cycle into school as much as possible in the first two weeks of March this year and were then able to log any rides online to contribute to their school total.
Tanbridge students logged more than 1700 journeys between them over the ten school days of the completion and as a result the school was named “Top School in the South East” in the Secondary category.
Overall, more than 1300 schools across the UK took part in the event and logged a total of 1,142,374 journeys. This means that an average of 25% of pupils across all the participating schools cycled in every day, much higher than the 2% of students who normally cycle to school across the UK.
During 2014 Tanbridge House school have been focusing on encouraging students s to walk and cycle to school more as part of promoting healthier lifestyles as well as helping the environment. In March we held a competition within KS3 tutor groups with prizes for those who can encourage the most students to walk or cycle to school, which is also part of a national competition. Within the Walk to school and Bike it fortnight there were free bike repairs and safety checks available for students who signed up and brought in their bikes. Students also ran assemblies to encourage more people to join in with the event. Students are currently running a competition to reward keen cyclists. Every day a special padlock is mysteriously attached to a student bike around school and to get the padlock removed the winner has to see Miss Sweet to claim their cycling related prize.
Road Safety Day
In July 2011 a number of outside agencies, including the Police and St John Ambulance, visited THS to highlight the different dangers around the road. Included topics ranged from from how to cycle safely, to advice on staying focussed when crossing the road (i.e not listening to headphones as you attention is diverted) to the importance of wearing seatbelts. Students also had the chance to wear beer vision goggles to give them an idea of how disorientating it is to drive when under the influence of alcohol.
Award Winning Artwork for Horsham Train Station
Year 10 BTEC students, along with students from other local schools, have been commended for their contribution to the Horsham Station Schools Art Gallery Project. The project won the award for ‘Best Permanent Community Art Scheme’ at the annual Association of Community Rail Partnership Awards. Pene Mather, School Travel Advisor at West Sussex County Council, described the space as: “A fantastic place for local young people and school to share their artwork, giving them a true sense of engagement within the station environment.”
Bike It Competition poster