Pedals power pupils to cycling success

Rothbury First School headteacher Dianne Butler, Sam Laing, from Sustrans, and seven-year-old Amelie Crawford who won a bike.
Rothbury First School headteacher Dianne Butler, Sam Laing, from Sustrans, and seven-year-old Amelie Crawford who won a bike.

YOUNGSTERS at a north Northumberland school are celebrating after finishing eighth in a national competition.

Rothbury First School took part in the Big Pedal, a giant inter-school cycling competition, which ran over three weeks from March 5.

It encouraged pupils, parents and staff to cycle or scoot to school with each day being a separate stage in the competition.

And children at Rothbury managed to make it into the top 10 for their category, schools with under 150 pupils, out of hundreds of schools across the county.

It also places them as the top school in the North East.

Headteacher Diane Butler said: “The children have done absolutely fantastically. I really didn’t expect the response in that way.

“I have to thanks the parents as well as they have to support the programme otherwise the children wouldn’t be able to come to school on bikes of scooters.

“We did much better than I expected. When it was first introduced to the school they said if we finished in the top 100 it would be good, well our children have really really surpassed that.”