Health and wellbeing

Funding level: £10,001 to £25,000


We want to raise money for the refurbishment of your swimming pool at Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form. The project will improve the health and well being of the local community and our students.

Our students, primary school pupils from the local area and community swimming groups are missing out on important learning, curriculum development and fitness opportunities because of the lack of appropriate facilities our current swimming pool offers. Although the pool is being used the current facilities will not be able to sustain the level of use for much longer. For example, in Easter 2016 the boiler broke down, due to the boiler being old the part took six weeks to arrive and be installed. This meant that students from the school, primary schools and swimming clubs were unable to use the facilities. We do not want this to happen again which is why we need a refurbishment of our pool including – plant equipment, changing rooms, cubicles, toilets, showers, windows, entrance to the swimming pool and tiling of the pool and surrounding area.

Each student’s right to a quality education is paramount to all we do, and outstanding teaching is at the heart of this process. Selected to receive the National Outstanding BTEC School/College Award in 2013 and judged Ofsted Outstanding in March 2014, we are committed to improving the health and well being of our students and the local community. Through improving the facilities we will be able to increase the current usage levels and improve student and community engagement. We will be able to offer stimulating and challenging learning experiences as well as a safe and practical learning environment.

The Department for Health published the report ‘Start Active, Stay Active: A report on physical activity from the four home countries’ in 2011. It is a UK-wide document that provides guidelines on the volume, duration, frequency and type of physical activity required to achieve general health benefits. Within the report, it states that regular physical activity is associated with numerous health benefits for 5-18 year olds, including ‘reduced body fat and the promotion of healthy weight, enhanced bone and cardio-metabolic health, and enhanced psychological well-being’.

There is also evidence that physical activity is linked to better cognitive functioning in a study from Sibley and Etnier. Therefore, not only will our project directly impact the physical attainment of our students but will also improve their concentration in their academic subjects.

A recent report carried out by the Greater Norwich Growth Board – Greater Norwich Infrastructure Plan May 2015 highlighted the need for the swimming pool at Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form to be refurbished, they are therefore aware of its current state and importance to improve standards to encourage further community use.

Friends of Thorpe St Andrew School

Moment of Pride

We do not want to lose this valuable facility in Thorpe St Andrew. We need your vote to keep our pool open!

Location: Norwich NR7 0XS, United Kingdom