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Half Term Cycling proficiency course at York House

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The first ever York House School Cycling Proficiency Course took place during the recent October half term holiday. 29 pupils from years 3 - 8 participated in this course run by professional instructors from Hertfordshire County Council.

Years 3 and 4 undertook a two-day (3 hours each day) on-site Skills Course, learning both practical cycling and theoretical skills (recognition of road signs and highway code knowledge).

The older pupils undertook a one-day Skills Course followed by a two-day on road practical course (3 hours each day), split into morning sessions for years 7 - 8 and afternoon sessions for years 5 - 6.  They also had to learn additional road signs as well as recognise and safely negotiate on-road hazards. Both these courses are “pass or fail” and nobody wanted to be the one to fail.  Most boys admitted that the course was actually harder than they had anticipated. 

We are very proud of the fact that all 29 candidates passed their relevant course.  The instructors informed York House that this is the first time this year that a school has achieved a 100% pass rate, with no retests being required.  We would also mention that every instructor was extremely complimentary about the group; their enthusiasm and keenness to obey instructions, carry out manoeuvres correctly, as well as their dedication to the course and collective camaraderie. 

All boys received their certificate at the end of their course and badges were presented during school assembly. The  behaviour throughout the course was a credit to their parents, their school and themselves. Very well done!

We plan to run further courses next year as well as introducing a cycling maintenance course for interested students. More information will be sent out via parentmail.