The cycle workshop provides vulnerable and disengaged students with the opportunity to learn new skills, develop self-confidence and gain a sense of achievement, as well as begin to build work-related skills such as team-working and problem solving.
Bicycle maintenance is the primary focus of the provision students also learn about healthy living, nutrition for exercise, planning cycle routes and preparing for different weather conditions, cycling proficiency and health and safety in the workplace.
Students are able to keep the fully refurbished and safety checked bike they have worked on, at the end of the term if the agreed contract has been fulfilled.
The provision may also enable students to progress to other forms of training and work experience.
The provision is available once a week, for 6 weeks during term time, for up to 4 students.Pupils are supported by skilled Critchill school staff.
Currently the Build a bike course is working with schools from within the Frome Learning Partnership.
Critchill School provides a variety of therapy sessions in ‘The Garden’ - a purpose-built space based in the school’s sensory garden. It is a space where young people who are vulnerable and disengaged are given the opportunity to express themselves alongside a qualified therapist.
Sessions can be offered for groups and individuals
“Build a Bike has offered pupils at Oakfield a fantastic opportunity to build skills and self-esteem, this year we have found that the positive impact on self-esteem and behaviour has been evident to staff ……..100% of pupils identified it as having a significant difference for their self-esteem and motivation.”
Oakfield Academy Frome
“I honestly can't thank Critchill enough, for both Build a Bike and the Creative Arts course, both are such wonderful opportunities for our young people and have such a huge impact.”
Frome College, Frome