The club, run by Mr Hughes and Mr Kerr-Morgan started in 2014 and enables pupils to bring in their own bikes to repair or they can simply come along to learn how to fix and maintain bikes.
Headteacher, Peter Coady, gave the club a start–up budget which was used to purchase specialist tools and equipment. A local cycle shop owner also kindly donated items which have benefited the club greatly.
The club is well attended every Wednesday lunchtime and the pupils, including three Year 7 girls, have put an amazing effort to push the club to another level.
During last term the pupils have repaired not only their own bikes but also completed repairs to staff and local community bikes which involved stripping and rebuilding a bike from scratch. Pupils have also designed a club badge and a club kit.
As the club develops and expands it has been decided to run the club after-school on Wednesday with a view to building a ‘Recumbent Trike’ (a three-wheeled trike that places the rider in a laid-back reclining position). This would enable pupils to learn new skills i.e. building a bike from drawings and welding/fabricating from recycled old bikes and would also provide something to ride in a local charity event in which we would very much like to compete. Details of the ‘bike build’ will be available on the school website for everyone to follow.
Pupils learn and practise their welding and fabrication techniques!
Making progress with the Recumbent Trike!