Race for Life

Students were running, walking, skipping and even moonwalking for charity this week.

The academy has taken part in the Cancer Research UK’s Race For Life Schools event for the first time this year. It has been so well supported by students and staff that we are already considering taking part next year.

After just two days the students had clocked up over 1115 miles by doing numerous 0.25 mile laps of the course.

Finn Henderson, year 11 student, was running the race in memory of his nana.

He said: “I wanted to raise awareness of the cause and I think it is astonishing how much money we have managed to raise so far. I ran all the way around the course, the weather was cold but sunny. I felt a great sense of achievement when I completed it and felt closer to my Nana.”

Vice principal, Miss Relph said: “I wanted to take part to support all of the students and staff who have completed it. It’s really important for the students to learn about the work Cancer Research UK does and it was a privilege to see so many of our students enjoying their time outside and encouraging each other to keep going.”

Poppy Wond, year 11 student, said: “I took part in the Race for Life in my PE lesson. I walked some of the route with my friends, it was a good opportunity to catch up while doing something good for charity. I completed the race in memory of my Granda.”

Head of PE, Mrs Purdham, said: “We wanted to take part in the Schools’ Race for Life because it’s the perfect opportunity for our students to learn about the fantastic work that Cancer Research UK does and to allow them to contribute something to the cause. Cancer affects everybody, our students all know someone who has been affected by the disease and this gives them the opportunity to make a difference.”

Mrs Purdham added: “They have made a huge effort to donate all they can and have been wearing their medals around the school proudly. They ran in rain, hail and high winds and never complained once.”

The school hopes to raise around £2000 for Cancer Research UK.