Healthy Schools

At Vicarage Primary School our motto is ‘Be the best you can be’. This includes a healthy mind and body. We provide pupils with a healthy meal options and advocate physical activities. 

At Vicarage we teach pupils to ride a bike.

The Benefits of Learning to Ride a Bike

Leg Strength

It’s hard to think of a better activity than riding a bike when it comes to lower extremity strengthening.  What other activity can you think of that can be so fun and recreational and yet be so great for isolating those leg muscles? 

Bilateral Coordination

Pupils are able to gain bilateral coordination practice as they learn to work both legs together to turn the pedals. This requires the same reciprocal (alternating) leg movements that are required for coordinated, fluent walking.


Pupils get great practice with balance as they lift their feet off of the ground and up to the pedals before initiating movement.


Working the handlebars encourages upper body proprioception and strength as the hands support the upper body while turning when needed.

With childhood obesity on the rise, focusing on activities like bike riding is more important than ever – burning calories while socialising and having fun with friends is the perfect way to keep fit.

Now that you know why bike riding is so important for health, fitness, and child development. We hope that you will support with our upcoming projects with SUSTRANS Bike.


Staff are also encouraged to develop their own confidence in riding a bicycle, so that they can support pupils more effectively. 

Parents were informed about the congestion on Vicarage road and asked to fill in a survey during one of the coffee mornings.

Road safety lessons and assemblies are delivered throughout the school. The picture above shows Nursery pupils learning about safety whilst crossing the road.

Keeping our body and mind active through Physical development of children, which includes exercise and following instructions.

Assemblies for all key stages by Jeremy Tranter from SUSTRANS sharing importance of biking and safety when riding a bike.


Healthy Schools Award for outstanding contribution to improving wellbeing in our school