At the beginning of the first term the Year 7 pupils are invited to participate in the school’s cycling proficiency programme. The scheme aims to equip children with the road safety skills and awareness required to handle a bicycle on today’s busy roads. It comprises 3 parts. First, the children bring their bicycles to school where they are given instruction in cycle maintenance. The children are then given instruction in cycle handling. In addition to this they are taken through the relevant parts of the Highway Code. Both the practical and theory aspects of the course are tested and certificates awarded. In keeping with the school’s safety priorities the children must wear cycle helmets. The lessons begin at 3.15pm and end at 4.00pm on a Wednesday afternoon and for convenience the children may leave their bicycles in school where they are safely stored.