Popped in to the impressive Stratton Primary School yesterday to find out more about their exciting scheme to install a track in the school grounds, for use by the children with their teachers and, out of hours, by the local community.
The best way to describe it is via the school’s 3D video . Created by a parent, this gives a fabulous visual of what the school is trying to achieve. It’s ambitious, as befits a school!
The idea was mooted by caretaker, Martin Bunning, after attending a sports event in Wadebridge and seeing a similar track in action. Martin is someone who works over and above the call of duty, so his enthusiasm for the idea was contagious. Stratton’s head teacher, Penny Simpson, staff and pupils have all come onboard to achieve their aim for the school and the community. They have held various fund-raisers including a quiz night, and collections at school events. Local businesses have also been very supportive, donating money and materials for the all-weather track.
A truly community venture, locals and future generations will be able to access the track at weekends and during the evenings for activities such as walking, running and cycling, but it will also be accessible for wheelchairs. For obvious reasons, dogs will not be allowed, but it is hoped that local people in Stratton can enjoy family activities and exercise close to home.
The track will include different colour trails for varying skill levels with varied terrain to maintain interest. Currently, the children run their daily mile but are often stopped in their tracks (literally) by wet muddy fields. Idyllically hidden away from traffic, the planned all-weather track is an ideal school and community exercise space.
The finished track will be planted with trees and wild flowers creating a pleasant environment and a good wildlife habitat. Areas of the track will be developed for off-road biking as well as more advanced trail biking. There are even plans for a pavilion further down the line. The school is hoping for some grant funding. To help them with this, emails of support are welcome firstname.lastname@example.org
Stratton School is blessed with beautiful open space, so having the multi-purpose track in these extensive grounds will still leave plenty of space for forest school activities, football, and other day to day physical activities. What is currently muddy wasted space will be well used, enabling the children at Stratton School to walk the daily mile each day, even when the ground is wet under foot. It is all part of the school’s bid to encourage fitness and reduce obesity, cutting reliance on technology while engaging with nature for a part of the day, all part of improving learning and mental health. Importantly, in the busy school day, it also means children won’t need to get changed to do their daily mile, as they will keep clean and dry using the track.
If you have any links with Stratton and the school, past, present or future, and would like to help their fundraising for the track, then check out the Just Giving page here.