Students assessed in rock climbing and road cycling

Twenty, Year 9 and 10 GCSE PE, students from The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College have recently returned from North Yorkshire where they took part in an intensive two-day sport tuition course which has been assessed and will go towards the practical element of their GCSE PE course.

During the visit, to High Adventure Outdoor Activity Centre, the sporty youngsters had the opportunity to participate, and receive training from the centre’s staff, in either indoor rock climbing or road cycling.

The students who opted for road cycling learnt about road safety and how to use bike gears when ascending and descending. The students put the theory in to action when they completed a 12-mile cycle over the Yorkshire Moors and when they visited an outdoor cycling track to complete their time trials.

Those who selected climbing learnt about rope handling, safety and belaying techniques at the climbing centre before tackling climbs of varying difficulties, some of which included overhangs. The climbers also had opportunity to try bouldering and abseiling and develop their climbing techniques.

PE Teacher, Laura Webb, said “The centre had an excellent range of facilities and the instructors were great. During the visit it was great to see the students working together as a team and to watch their confidence grow in their chosen activity”.

Alison Davies, Headteacher commented “It is wonderful to see that our students have had this opportunity to try new activities and that their efforts will contribute towards their GCSE qualifications.”

For further information, or to arrange a photo opportunity please contact Theresa Bale, Headteacher’s PA on 01788 542355 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.